Snow shoveling is an expected and most demanding chore for most of the people in cold areas to clear their ways. So, at busy places, it is necessary to remove snow effectively to limit the disturbance. However, it is a quite challenging task as excess of snow is very difficult to remove and it takes a lot of energy. Human body bends during snow removal which can effectively enhance the risk of back bone trauma or heart attacks.
The risk of injuries is higher for people having weak physical or health conditions. Without daily exercise, this task can severely threaten one’s life. Exercise warms up the all muscles of body which makes the physical duties easy to perform. So, the protection of body to avoid any injury is the foremost need during snow removal otherwise it can result in serious health consequences (Protecting the Low Back During High-Stress Exercise, 1998). This document is enclosed with four important tips to protect the back during shoveling process which can help the intended audience to keep appropriate remediation.
Shoveling after wind storm requires a careful attitude towards working in order to save physical conditions. The most important step of this process is the selection of costume including hat, dress, shoes and gloves. Layered and light weight clothing which provides insulation as well as ventilation is feasible to wear. The internal layer must be thermal and breathable that permits and regulates the process of perspiration (Beaulieu, 2017). Clothing must also be water repellent to avoid wetness. The use of hat, comfortable gloves and shoes with slip resistance designs is mandatory. The mittens are best when compared to gloves because these keep all of fingers in direct contact thus the heat produced is enough to warmth whole hands.
The selection of appropriate shoes maintains the traction and even better traction can be obtained by using artificial ice grip smart devices which are also detachable and non-slip. All of these measures will protect our balance and keep our body warm. This warmness helps a lot to protect the back and muscles otherwise cold can cause an-aerobic reaction in muscles and results in severe muscle fatigue and trauma.
The Selection of Right Snow Shovel:
An appropriate selection of ergonomic shovel can help remove a portion of the exertion from snow evacuation chores. A snow shovel having an adjustable handle length or curved handle will limit the twisting or bending at the waist; by which only a slighter knee bending will be required as well as the aching of back is minimum as per body requirement while doing snow shoveling. The amount of weight can also be reduced effectively in case of a small-plastic blades usage which are also light-weight enough to move easily into the snow. On the off chance that ice should be expelled an overwhelming edge ice melting or ice scrubber item may take every necessary speedier step and with far less physical exertion (Beaulieu, 2017). According to me, the D-shaped handle of snow shovel is best possible option of comfortable shovel. Use the edge of the handle smoothly for pushing, move body weight to front leg from back to keep your knees twisted. This will definitely limit the weight on wrist also. It is an important and foremost tip to keep the back in comfortable position to avoid any back bone trauma, injury or fatigue.
Pace The Body While Removing Snow:
The removal of less amount of snow is quite easy, quick and safer than that of removing excessive amount of snow piles at once. Over a time of days, expelling snow will reduce the strain on the arms as well as on back as it is an aerobic activity. In profound snow, expel a couple crawls at once, instead of endeavoring to shovel a lot of snow at once. While removing, pace the body and get a break for a while to keep the body calm after every 10 minutes. This will help to maintain the oxygen level of body and also use fluids to reduce the dehydration of body. Utilize this chance to extend your back, arms and wrist to keep them warm and adaptable (Franklin, 1997).
This will also help to normalize the muscles functioning and save us from fatigue. The pace condition will also prevent us from slips on snow otherwise continuous shoveling can make body tired and enhances the chances of slips which can cause sudden jerk to back and may results in disk slip or trauma. Thus in case of any stretch or sudden pain, just stop shoveling. The change in traction can be reacted quickly by taking as small as possible steps while walking on snow walkways during snow removal. Thus, the maintenance of body conditions as per worker’s body caliber and physical conditions is very necessary to save the muscles and back.
Proper Snow Pushing Technique:
Snow shoveling is a technique and everyone is not familiar with its comfortable aspects. It is very important to adopt an appropriate method which may suits worker’s physical conditions. Just try to push the ice away instead of lifting it up and throw away. Lifting is a difficult and fatiguing process which can damage the back and wrist.
First of all, avoid lifting, but in any case if lifting is mandatory, then perform it in appropriate manner. Squat with legs separated, straight back and knees twisted (Franklin, 1997). Strictly avoid lifting by bending at the waist as it can cause jerk and can damage backbone or muscles. Scoop the bearable weight of ice into the shovel by inserting it vertically into the snow and dump it.
Hands must be 12 inches apart while holding the shovel because it reduces the strain on body and provides a comfortable position. Also avoid twisting as well as dumping snow over shoulders while making the shovel empty. However, the snow blower is a best option instead of using shovel. It needs less physical activity and relaxes the back by reducing the weight.