Shovel low back pain to the curb!

In Minnesota, we have had 6 snowstorms in the past 7 weeks. I don’t know about you, but this is not a record I am proud to be a part of! If you are like me, your back and body are feeling sore and achy from moving all of the snow. From digging out your car, to shoveling your sidewalk, snow removal is no easy feat. So, how do you recover?

While I wish I could give you “3 magic moves to heal low back pain,” it’s not always that easy. If you have back pain while bending over to tie your shoes, you may need to strengthen your core. Gentle exercises like glute bridges, isometric abdominals, and isometric glutes might help ease the pain. If your back hurts while twisting, you may want to alternate ice and heat, or consider getting a clinical massage session.  It is always a good idea in these situations to be evaluated by your chiropractor.  As always, make sure you stay properly hydrated, and eat healthy meals. Snow removal is an intense workout, and you are performing this workout in warm clothing that will make you sweat!

While shoveling, do your best to use your full body. Push and lift the snow with your legs. Try not to twist and lift.  Wear boots that grip the slip of ice that can hide under snow. Take breaks from shoveling as needed.

Life in the Midwest requires a certain level of fitness in order to thrive in our elements. You never know when you will need to shovel 87 inches of snow, pull a giant fish out of the lake, help someone move their stuck vehicle, or build a giant snowman. If you need help with your strength, we have 2 favorite personal trainers. Doug Staley at Competitive Wellness is local to St. Paul, and trains clients at a private studio. From heavy weights to basic movements, Doug’s skill set can help anyone improve their life. Want to “get it done before the sun” in the comfort of your own home? Look no further than Molly Doyle Fitness. Her simple, but significant workouts can work with any lifestyle.

Lastly, get checked by your favorite chiropractor. Snow shoveling is hard work, and it is easy to stress your back and spine. While pain is one indicator you may need an adjustment, it isn’t the only one. A good chiropractor will not only influence your spine and muscles, they will help influence your nervous system. They want your body to heal, in the least stressful way possible. Want the best results? Add clinical massage therapy to the mix!