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The Illinois Chiropractic Foundation urges residents to take proper precautions while shoveling snow.

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  • As record snowfall impacts Chicagoland, improper snow shoveling can lead to strain and pain.

      As record snowfall impacts Chicagoland, improper snow shoveling can lead to strain and pain.
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While record snowfall and plunging temperatures continue to impact the Chicagoland area, if you plan on shoveling your driveway, or being a good neighbor and taking on multiple driveways, here's a little advice from the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress.

Every winter, millions of Americans grab their shovels and start digging their way out of the snow and into pain. Shoveling snow improperly can lead to potential spasms, strains, and aches.

According to Illinois Chiropractic board member, Warren Bruhl, D.C., many of these aches and pains can be avoided.

"Taking extra precautions while shoveling snow can prevent spasms and strains," says Bruhl. "The extra layering and frequent breaks are well worth it when it comes to saving your back."

When shoveling snow, Bruhl along with the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation and the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress suggest the following tips to maintain overall health:

Always stretch and warm-up before shoveling

Wear extra layers to maintain muscle warmth and flexibility

Avoid sudden twisting and turning motions

Limit the amount of weight lifted per load

Bend your knees, not your back

Take frequent breaks to avoid body fatigue

If you do experience discomfort or pain as a result of shoveling snow, contact your local doctor of chiropractic. For more information about the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation, visit http://www.ChiropracticLegacy.org.

About Foundation for Chiropractic Progress

A not-for-profit organization, the Foundation for Chiropractic Progress aims to inform and educate the general public about the many benefits associated with chiropractic care. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.yes2chiropractic.com or call 866-901-F4CP (3427).

About Illinois Chiropractic Foundation

Armed with a mission to impact the health and lives of millions in the state of Illinois, the Illinois Chiropractic Foundation (ICF) is a non-profit organization seeking to educate the public about the amazing benefits of chiropractic care. Founded in 2006 with the purpose of advancing the science, philosophy and discipline of chiropractic medicine to the public, the ICF promotes philanthropy, scientific research, and the role of chiropractic medicine in the relief of disease and pain.

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