March 13, 2014
Take two or three minutes to mimic the act of shoveling. This will warm up the muscles you'll be using.
Start with small shovels full of snow and build your way to big ones.
Dress in layers. A cold body will be tense and could pull muscles.
Wear proper footwear to prevent slipping.
If you've already done some damage, orthopedic massage therapist Glenn Hakey says you can ease your soreness.
"If there's no inflammation, use moist heat or just soak in a tub of apple cider vinegar. Two cups to half a tub will take the soreness out. It acts sort of like Epson Salts," he explains.
Hakey says you may need to seek medical attention if shoveling has left you with an abrupt click in your back, numb legs or hips or an inability to straighten up.