Let It Snow: Tips on How To Avoid Back Pain This Winter
From The Desk of Dr. Erik Vose...
Oh winter… It is the time of year for shoveling snow and walking gingerly on the ice. So here are a couple of tips for keeping your back happy while making your sidewalks and driveways clear. First, notice how wet and heavy the snow is. If it’s a light and fluffy snow, I like to use a leaf blower to clear off the back deck and front of the house. It’s quick and easy; plus, you are guaranteed to get some looks from neighbors and passers-by. When the snow is heavy and shoveling is required, take the time to make sure you shovel with a good technique to avoid back injuries or soreness. Start by bending with your knees to pick up the snow, rather than bending forward at the waist. Your legs are much stronger than your back and can bear this weight easily. Pick up a load of snow and stand by straightening your legs, then turn the shovel over to pile the snow out of your driveway. Avoid dumping the snow over your shoulder- the combination of bending, lifting and twisting can lead to serious spinal disk injuries. I like to use a shovel with a straight rather than bent handle; the straight ones are easier to turn the snow out of.
Good luck clearing off all the snow, and let’s hope spring comes sooner rather than later!
Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Erik Vose
Erik Vose is a Board Certified Chiropractor in Massachusetts. He holds a Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic West in California and a Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology and Applied Physiology from the University of Colorado. After earning his doctorate degree, Erik received two years of additional chiropractic and sports therapy training in Walnut Creek, CA. Erik is a member of the Massachusetts Chiropractic Society and the American Chiropractic Association.
Dr. Vose treats patients for a range of conditions from sports injuries to chronic pain by focusing on the entire musculoskeletal system. Erik combines soft tissue therapy with ultrasound, electric stimulation, stretching, and chiropractic adjustments. He is proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of extremity injuries as well as those associated with the spine. Erik develops comprehensive treatment plans that focus on both alleviating symptoms and helping his patients achieve optimal strength and well-being.