Helpful hints for patient’s activities of daily living
Working with Elite Athletes from all over the world for many years, I’ve learned how important it is to give simple instructions when it comes to daily activities. And unfortunately for many of us this year, one of those activities is shoveling snow. Now we know that most of you are thinking about the spring break by now…but it’s never too late for those last few winter storms. So the following list contains easy to share health tips for your patients when it comes to shoveling snow:
- Wear layers of clothing to keep your muscles warm and flexible. The colder you are, the more likely you are to get injured.
- Since shoveling can strain unconditioned muscles between your shoulders and lower back, do some gentle warm-up stretching before you grab the shovel.
- When you shovel, push the snow straight ahead; don’t try to rotate and throw the snow. Walk it to where you want to place it. Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions is the mechanism of injury for most disc related conditions.
- Bend at the knees to lift when shoveling. Let the muscles of your legs and arms do the work, not your back.
- Take frequent rest breaks to take the strain off your muscles. A fatigued body asks for injury.
- Do not smoke before or while you shovel.
- If you feel chest pain or shortness of breath, stop immediately and contact 911 for emergency help.
- Use a topical analgesic like Pain Zone to reduce the soreness from over worked muscles and joints before or during activities.
If you feel sore after shoveling, apply a wrapped ice bag to the affected area for 20 minutes, then take it off for a couple of hours while resting your muscles. Repeat a couple of times a day for the next day or two. If pain persists, call your Chiropractor.
PainZone is an excellent choice for your patients for alleviating soreness, aches and pains! PainZone and Chiropractic adjustments work well in tandem.
Remember; whether your patients are shoveling snow, gardening, working on their house or helping a friend move…it’s important to remind them how the technique they use during ADL’s can be the difference between whether they get injured or not…and that there are products like Pain Zone which can help them deal with the aches and pains associated with life, without resorting to OTC pain relievers or Pain medication.
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