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5 Tips for Shoveling Snow Properly

Shoveling can be a tedious task.

Shoveling can be a tedious task.

Some chiropractors call snow “white gold” because their offices are busy the days following a snowstorm. It’s our mission at Peak Performance Chiropractic to help to prevent problems so you don’t have to come to us on an emergency basis. So, here are our 5 tips to help you avoid a flare-up while shoveling:

5 Tips for Shoveling Snow Properly:

1. Keep up with the Storm

Shovel a few times rather than all at once. This will reduce the load of each shovelful or allow you to push the snow to the side of the walkway rather than hefting it up and carrying it.

2. Push, Don’t Lift

Push the snow to the sides of the walkway, rather than lifting it. Even if you have high snowpiles, push to the edge of the pile to minimize the time and distance you need to lift.

3. Dump, Don’t Fling

Never fling snow over your shoulder. This will put massive strain on the neck, upper and lower back. We’ve seen some serious injuries from this. Bring the snow to the edge of the walkway and let it fall from the shovel with a dumping motion. 

4. Stay Hydrated

Even mild dehydration increases your chance of a back flare-up. Even though it’s cold, take water breaks often. By the time you start to feel parched, you’re well into the dehydration process. 

5. Use Common Sense

If you feel sore, take a break. Even better, get help from a snowblower, plow guy, your own family, or a kid down the block!

And don’t forget: we’re always here to help. If you do have a flare-up, get in touch with us at or by phone at 518-472-9130. We’ve helped the people of Albany, Troy, Menands, and the whole Capital District through countless snowstorms!

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