Shoveling snow safely can be done. Just follow these three simple tips. Start early. Shovel often. Turn your whole body (don’t twist!)—that’s how to shovel when snow falls in the Washington DC area.

To show you exactly how it’s done, Gabrielle Czaja PT created this quick video on how to shovel snow safely. Watch and you’ll be on your way to shoveling all the snow that falls in a safe, easy way that minimizes your chance of injury or pain.


Gabrielle Czaja PT shows you how to shovel snow safely whenever it falls in the Washington DC area

Key Things to Remember about How to Shovel Snow

  • Go out to shovel snow every 2-3 inches—it’s easier to shovel snow in small amounts
  • Flex to scoop—that’s the safest way to lift the snow
  • Turn your whole body—don’t twist—to put the snow down

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Gabrielle Czaja PT is certified in both Physical Therapy and the Alexander Technique. This rare combination means that she is uniquely qualified to help people recover from physical injury and pain as well as to teach them how to be active at home, work and play without fear of pain and re-injury. Contact Gabrielle (link to email) and sign up (link to sign-up page) to learn about more free resources like this video.

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