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Protect Your Back When You Shovel

Because it is often strenuous work, shoveling can easily lead to back pain for people of all ages. “You really should be in good physical condition to shovel snow,” explains Dr. VanNess. “If you have any indication of back weakness or inflexibility, avoid the task.”

To those persons bridled with the task of clearing the snow away, Dr. VanNess offers a few helpful suggestions:

Protect Your Back When You Shovel with These Tips

  1. Pace yourself, warm up first, and take breaks.

  2. Purchase an ergonomically correct snow shovel that allows you to maintain an upright posture.

  3. Always lift with the strong leg muscles, not your back.

  4. Shovel on alternating sides every few minutes.

  5. “Keep your nose between your toes.”

  6. Layer light-weight clothing and wear a hat. As much as 40% of your body heat can be lost from an uncovered head.

Remember, you don’t win any awards for clearing snow the fastest. Take your time and enjoy all that Chicago has to offer. Good Luck!

 

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Monday
7:45AM - 6:00PM

Tuesday
9:00AM - 6:00PM

Wednesday
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Thursday
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Friday
7:45AM - 1:00PM

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* For emergency or after hour appointments, call or text Dr. Van Ness at 224-622-5836

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