POTTSVILLE, SCHUYLKILL COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Before you head out to shovel the driveway, keep in mind these shoveling safety tips!
Medical professionals at LVHN-Schuylkill say you should stretch and warm up before you start shoveling, and you should take frequent breaks to keep stretching.
If you have a history of cardiac arrest, stay away from caffeine and nicotene before you go out to shovel.
The number one injury associated with shoveling is back pain. Sometimes pushing the snow can help alleviate some strain on your back. Also, shoveling smaller amounts of snow can help. But most importantly, avoid twisting when you throw the snow.
“Your feet should always be facing the direction that you’re going. The direction that you’re throwing the snow. If you’re stepping, if you’re pushing, everything should be in alignment,” said Lauren Gibas, occupational therapist at LVHN-Schuylkill Rehab Center in Pottsville.
She also reminds you to breathe. Don’t hold your breath as you shovel.
If you do injure your back, take it seriously. If pain does not go away shortly, you should seek medical attention.