Tennis or Shoveling?

Is there any wonder why visits Chiropractic offices and days off from work and recreational activities rise due to injury in the winter months here in the Northeast?

We were not meant to flex and rotate our spines while holding a long lever (shovel) loaded down by external load (snow)…hundred of times an hour! Just take a look at this picture. This looks like most people out after a snow storm. An hour or so into this his low back will get tired and if he persists may even burn a bit. Never mind later in the day when he goes to get out of a chair after sitting for a while or tomorrow when he wakes up after lying down in some contorted sleeping position for 6-8 hours!

Just wait until he picks up his tennis racket and tries to “loosen up” before his league match this weekend.

Whether it be tennis or shoveling, we need to prepare our body for the work were are asking it to do instead of paying for what we have done to it once the activity is done.

To learn more about caring for your back to prepare for and recover from sports like tennis and activities like shoveling go to;

Thanks for reading and Happy Holidays!

Eric Beard
Corrective Exercise Specialist
Athletic Performance Enhancement Specialist

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