Physiotherapists give health advice on shoveling snow
Many Erie residents shovel their driveways and sidewalks, but for some residents, this type of heavy work can lead to heart attacks and back injuries.
After a heavy snowfall, many people want to wait until the snow stops completely to tackle their driveway.
However, physiotherapists advise against this logic because they say it’s best to take your time and go out several times a day to shovel snow.
A Niagara Therapy physical therapist recommends staying hydrated and using proper body mechanics and techniques to avoid injury.
“You want to make sure you’re using the big muscles in your legs rather than trying to bend over with your back and squat and lift with your legs instead of straining your back and doing small things at times,” said Mary Zapolski, physical therapist at Niagara Therapy.
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Physiotherapists say people with health conditions should know these tips for shoveling safely and be extra careful when navigating snow.