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The blizzard that swept across Wisconsin brought six feet tall snow drifts– and hours upon hours of shoveling!
This snowfall had a mix of lighter wind-blown snow with a thick layer of wet and heavy snow on the bottom, the kind of snow that can make it extra tough on your back, especially if you find yourself doing all of the shoveling solo!
We found the following tips from the Association of New Jersey Chiropractors on the Basking Ridge Patch website about staying healthy while shoveling:
- Be prepared. Maintain your exercise program year-round.
- Listen to weather forecasts so you can rise early and have time to shovel before work; rushing the job can lead to injury.
- Wear layers of clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible.
- Do some stretching before you grab the shovel.
- For big jobs use a motorized snow blower. If you shovel by hand, use a lightweight,
- Ergonomically-designed shovel to reduce back strain.
- When you do shovel, push the snow straight ahead. Don’t try to throw it; walk it to the snowbank. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions.
- Bend your knees, to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
- Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
- Stop if you feel chest pain, or get excessively tired or have shortness of breath. You may require immediate professional care.
- If you feel sore after shoveling, apply an ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours. Repeat a couple of times each day over the next day or two.
So remember not to work yourself too hard and read the whole article by Linda Sadlouskos here!
What to do on days when your sidewalks look like this?
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1. Ask friends and coworkers for recommendations of chiropractors they go to—ask what they like about them specifically.
2. Research what type of care and treatment they provide (do they adjust with their hands, various instruments?)
3. Call an office to ask for hours and charges and get a feel for the receptionist, does it seem like an inviting place?
4. Go in and meet the chiropractor—many do a free consultation, does it feel like a fit?
If you’re going to a doctor to get well, healing is more than just an exchange between two people, make sure you trust the chiropractor!
An interview with Michael Reddy, D.C.
Q: What is Chiropractic?
A: Chiropractic is a natural healing art that works with the nervous system and aligning the spine so that the body can function at it’s very best. Chiropractic looks at the cause of disease, rather then just treating the symptoms.
Q: What made you decide to become a chiropractor?
A: I was motivated by the chiropractor that I went to as a child, he helped me with earaches that had caused me a lot of pain for a number of years that the medical field didn’t seem to be able to help back in the late 50s and early 60s. After he helped me with my ear problems– and I had been a sickly child—appendicitis, bloody noses, etc., all of that got better after 3 adjustments. I would see him every 6 weeks for wellness care. I was a lot healthier after that, and whenever I had issues chiropractic care seemed to help it the most. I would ask my chiropractor all of my questions about health in general and he always seemed to have answers, which really intrigued me. I decided to go to Chiropractic school to explore more about natural health.
Q: When did you first go to a chiropractor? Is there ever an age when it’s too late or too early to start visiting a chiropractor?
A: I first went when I was seven years old, and no, there is never an age that is too late to start visiting a chiropractor! I have adjusted babies shortly after their birth, and I have also adjusted patients who were just beginning chiropractic care when they were in their 90s.
Q: What is the best thing about chiropractic?
A: Wellness! Chiropractic is a way to improve and maintain your health on a regular basis, rather than just reacting to a fall down the stairs, physical trauma, etc. Chiropractic is a way to keep your health in mind at all times. Many patients have remarked on experiencing fewer colds, sleeping better at night, and feeling more energetic, as a few examples of the benefits of regular chiropractic and wellness care.
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