3 Big tips on how to walk on snow & ice without hurting yourself!

Walking in the winter can be hazardous and lead to serious injury. Fortunately, there are numerous precautions you can take to make sure you get where you need to go safely. Here are a few tips on how to avoid slipping on snow or ice from your friendly neighborhood Langley chiropractor!

Be Cautious When You’re Walking Outside

Sidewalks and parking lots are more dangerous than you think. A sidewalk or parking lot may be clear of snow, but it can still have a layer of transparent ice. You should assume that all surfaces are slippery and walk across them as if they were. If a sidewalk looks too icy, head for grass or dirt for better traction.

We recommend you keep your hands free at all times. This means avoid carrying heavy loads. If you need to move something, use a dolly or a cart. Your hands should be free at all times because if you slip, your hands will help break your fall. Buy a pair of gloves that will keep your hands warm so you’re not tempted to keep them in your pockets.

Dress Appropriately For Icy Conditions

Invest in shoes with a good grip. Look for a pair of low, wide-heeled shoes with thick soles made of rubber or a similar material. Avoid plastic and leather soles which provide little to no traction. If you want to be extra safe, buy a set of ice grippers that can slip over your shoes or boots. You can purchase ice grippers online or at sporting goods stores.

Sunglasses are a very important winter accessory. It can be bright in the winter and UV rays don’t discriminate between seasons. Snow reflects sun and its glare can be blinding. A good pair of UV-rated sunglasses can help protect your eyes and help you avoid icy patches.

Winter Walking Techniques

Experts say a penguin-like walking technique is a safest and most effective way to cross snowy, icy paths. Start by spreading your feet. – this broadens your stance. You should also bend your knees slightly so you have a lower center of gravity, making it harder for you to fall. Take small steps and align your feet after each step. Make your pace slow and deliberate.

You need to be especially careful when walking up and down stairs in the winter. Take stairs one step at a time.  Be sure to test the handrail and make sure to plant both feet on a step before moving on to the next one.

If you do fall, try to fall properly. This means angling yourself forward so the back of your head and spine don’t take the brunt of the fall. If possible, try to fall on your thighs, hips, or shoulders, and not on your arms, knees, or wrists. Try to relax your muscles as you fall – if you’re limber, you’re less likely to get hurt. If you’ve fallen and have been injured, consider our chiropractic care for rehabilitation!

About Paterson Family Chiropractic

The Paterson Family Chiropractic Clinic has been serving Langley B.C. for over 15 years. If you’ve injured yourself recently, it’s important that you have it looked at by a health care professional as soon as possible. The sooner you receive treatment, the shorter the healing process will be. Contact us today to start feeling better tomorrow.

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