Let it snow, let it snow… okay my back hurts, stop now!
Happy Holidays from all of us here at Back to Motion!
As usual, we are expecting the gift of snowfall from mother nature. Which means shovelling. Which, to us, also means back injuries! You never realize just how much you use certain motions or muscles groups until it hurts. Back injuries can be challenging because it is very hard to rest some of the most used joint and muscles in the body.
Preventing injuries is always the best-case. If you have ever been given “homework” in the form of exercises or stretches, it is because we try very hard to set you up for success, but what happens outside the clinic is even more important.
So, before you head out to shovel snow, try these things to save your back:
If your spine gets angry during snow shoveling, think about setting up additional chiropractic, acupuncture, or physiotherapy appointments over the next few months. For mild tension or muscle aches, try stretches or an Epsom salt bath.
If you felt “something” go out, make an appointment to see us right away. We can assess acute injuries and ensure you get the care you need right away so you can feel relief and so you do not end up with a chronic condition.
We often think of recovery as resting, but that is not always the case. Too much rest can reduce muscle strength which puts you at higher risk of reinjury. This is where we are going to tell you to do your homework again!
Part of your recovery plan could include medication, hot or cold therapy, exercises or stretches, and additional treatments. We may also show you some movements to avoid or more ergonomic ways to bend or move that will reduce the strain on the affected area. The most important part of the recovery process is consistency.
Sending best wishes for a Merry and Bright, and injury free holiday season. As always, we are here when you need it most to get you Back to Motion.