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Don’t Let Shovelling Be a Pain In The Back!

| December 12, 2013 | Reply


The forecast is:  more snow!  As we prepare ourselves for yet another huge Edmonton and area snowfall, here are some Capilano Rehab Centre tips to help you avoid shovelling injuries:   

Take Your Time.  One of the easiest ways to hurt your back, shoulders, or elbows is to rush your shovelling.  If you slow down you are less likely to pull something.

Push The Snow.  Push the snow in front of your body to the desired area you would like it to be piled.  Then proceed to scoop small amounts only and as you throw the snow, make sure you bend your knees.   Do not twist when you are lifting the snow to throw!

Use the Right Shovel.  Make sure your shovel is the right height for you.  If your shovel is too small, you will have to bend over excessively which will increasing the strain on your back.  If your shovel is too long, you will have a longer lever to lift the snow making it harder on your back and shoulders.  And please, don’t use the double-shovels as they can and do cause double sprain and strain trouble.

Take your time.  I know it is cold out and I know you want to be inside with your favorite hot drink where it is warm, but you are less likely to injure yourself if you go slowly.

Get Treatment Fast. If you do happen to hurt your back, it’s important to have it assessed and treated as quick as possible.  The sooner you get in for treatment the sooner you can get back to the winter activities you love!   The Capilano Rehab Centre professionals have a variety of modern treatments methods that can help your sore back, including Physical Therapy, Spinal Decompression and K-Laser. 


Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104





Category: Active Living, Community, Healthy Living, K-Laser Therapy, Physiotherapy, Snow Removal, Spinal Decompression, Uncategorized

About the Author ()

I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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