Winter Snow Shoveling Tips 

Take this snow and shovel it.That’s what many Mainers have been at since this morning.But it’s an activity that can do serious damage to your body.Shoveling can be back breaking, certainly back-aching, work.Doctor Rod Chelberg at Eastern Maine Medical Center’s Walk In Care Center in Bangor, says pain typically shows up about two days after the injury.He calls it a delayed onset of trauma.Dr. Chelberg explained some common mistakes that people make when shoveling.”Most people will shovel down like this {with their backs straight}, and lift the snow up,” says Dr. Chelberg. “This 30 pounds of snow will telescope into about 400 pounds onto your back. So, that’s a lot of weight for your back to take. The second mistake people make is that they turn it sideways, which puts a rotational torque on your back. That further adds to potential injury.”Instead, Dr. Chelberg says to bend your legs and use those muscles to lift the snow rather than your back. Then, pull the shovel in and turn your entire body sideways, rotating just your hand to dump the load.And here’s one more tip. Doctor Chelberg says to break up ice, use a garden shovel rather than a snow shovel. It’s heavier, making less work for you.