Prevent Injury: Try This Shoveling Technique

Western New York — let’s see that shoveling technique!

Okay, we tried to make that sound a lot more exciting than it is. Though Buffalo winters come with a lot of fun outdoor activities, shoveling snow isn’t one of them.

It’s crucial to shovel and lift with good form, but when the wind is howling and the snow is blowing, it’s easy to rush the job.

Avoid injuring yourself this winter by maintaining proper shoveling technique.

Proper Shoveling Technique

In the video below, Physical Therapist Steve Gonser PT DPT shows you how to prevent low back, shoulder, or neck injury with proper shoveling technique. He even gets a little help from his four-legged pal, Winston!

When people shovel snow, they do a lot of bending through their low back.

If you’re practicing proper shoveling technique, your spine should be straight as you bend, as this helps protect it. Don’t scoop snow and throw it with an arched back.

When you’re pushing the snow around and looking to moving it, don’t bend and twist.

Instead, you want to do a stepping pattern where you lift the snow and step into it. Move forward, stepping and tossing as you go.

A helpful tool to prevent too much bending this winter is an adaptive shovel. It’s second handle keeps you from having to grip too far down the shovel, thus preventing excess bending. These types of shovels or adaptive attachments can typically be found at your local hardware store or at any major hardware retailer.

Do you have pain in your low back, neck, or shoulders after shoveling?

Our Physical Therapists can help! Schedule an appointment today and get you back to feeling your best.

No referral is required and appointments are covered by most insurances.