Could you benefit from a back support? If you’re lifting heavy objects or hunched over for long periods of time, a back support can act as a reminder for proper posture and lifting technique. Even if you’re not frequently experiencing back pain, Core Products has a back support for everyone.
Have you considered using a back support when shoveling snow this winter? You’re not alone. Many people (us included) find ourselves with sore backs after the first few snowfalls of the year. Most of the time we find it’s either because we’re not used to those movements and lifting that amount of weight or we’re trying to rush and get the job done throwing caution and proper technique to the wind.
A back support can help alleviate these minor pains as well as keep us from improperly lifting a heavy shovel full of snow.
Here are a few simple tips to follow when heading out to shovel this winter:
- Stay active. If your body is already in shape you have less chance of injury.
- Warm up inside. Stretch and do some core-strengthening exercises. Going from zero to full-force hero when shoveling snow is bad news.
- Use proper form. Lift with your legs, not your back. Push don’t your shovel don’t lift it. If you do lift, use your legs not your back. Don’t bend from the waist – it’s more of a squat from the knees. Also, walk with the snow and dump it. Don’t lean and/or twist to toss.
- Do it in small doses. Only shovel away small amounts of snow instead of trying to do as much as possible each time the shovel touches snow. If you’ve had back problems in the past consider only shoveling for 5-10 minutes at a time before taking a break.
- Choose proper tools. Ergonomic shovels help take stress away from your back and give you a better angle of attack when scooping away snow.