Lift Light, Shovel Right.

January and February are usually when we see our biggest snowfalls. Snow shovelling after a snowfall doesn’t have to leave you with an aching back.

Winter weather has arrived and with the season’s frequent snowfalls, shovelling injuries have started to appear at the Health Centre of Milton. But snow shovelling after a snowfall doesn’t have to leave you with an aching back. With a few simple tips courtesy of the Ontario Chiropractic Association, you can clear your driveway and steps without the back ache.  

  1. Before You Start: Drink plenty of water to stay hydrated. Dress in several layers so you can remove a layer as you get warm. Wear proper footwear with solid treads to minimize the risk of slips and falls.
  2. Pick the right shovel. Use a lightweight, non-stick, push-style shovel. A smaller blade will require you to lift less snow, putting less strain on your body. An ergonomically correct model (curved handle) will help prevent injury and fatigue. Also, if you spray the blade with a silicone-based lubricant, the snow will slide off more easily.
  3. Before beginning any snow removal, warm up for five to 10 minutes to get your joints moving and increase blood circulation. A brisk walk will do it.
  4. All Set to Go: PUSH, DON’T THROW. Push the snow to one side and avoid throwing it. If you must throw it, avoid twisting and turning — position yourself to throw straight at the snow pile. BEND YOUR KNEES. Use your knees, leg and arm muscles to do the pushing and lifting while keeping your back straight. WATCH FOR ICE. Be careful on icy walkways and slippery surfaces. Throw down some salt or sand to ensure you have a good footing.

The tips above and further information about having fun and staying fit all winter can be found on the Ontario Chiropractic Associations website. If you have further questions or snow shovelling has left you with the all-too-common back, neck and shoulder pain call the Health Centre of Milton today. We have a team of chiropractors, massage therapists and physiotherapist here to help.

Dr. Sarah Chajka believes that Chiropractic care is beneficial to all. Her upbringing in an active family and years of discipline through sport and dance have reinforced this as well as witnessing the transforming effect of chiropractic treatment on all ages. While working at the Health Centre of Milton she has further developed her interest in preventative health and healing and has taken extra courses in order to give specialized attention to pregnancy and paediatrics.

Dr. Sarah Chajka, HBKin, DC, Webster Certified
Health Centre of Milton 
420 Main St E. Unit 102 &103
Milton Ontario L9T 1P9