One of the companies I’ve been working for, Physiquality, has asked me to start writing blog content for their website. It makes sense — add more content to the site, improving search results, and create something to post in social media (in this case, Facebook) to drive traffic to the site.
Our first entry came about during the massive set of storms we had this winter, across the country. Since the company’s focus is on health and wellness, we interviewed a member physical therapist about how to shovel snow safely without throwing out one’s back.
Safe shoveling tips
Winter’s wrath has been especially harsh this season — at one point, the only state in the continental U.S. that didn’t have snow was Florida. Many people that may be used to snow have been overwhelmed by the amount they’ve had to shovel, and many others have had to adapt to snow removal that have never had to do it before.
The snow this year has been particularly difficult to remove because it’s been wet and dense, making each shovel-full heavier than usual. Lifting these heavier piles of snow, and the frequency of the snowstorms this year, especially in the Midwest and Northeast, means more people are open to injury from improper form and technique.
To help us get through the last storms of the winter, we turned to PTPN member Ann Duffy, PT, M.A., owner of Duffy and Bracken, a physical therapy clinic in Manhattan. She gave us several tips on how to shovel snow and avoid injury.