5 Tips for Winter
Millions of people slip and fall on ice and or snow in one way or another. Here are some tips to help prevent an injury.
Wear boots or shoes with good traction. Boots with Vibram Arctic Grip or Green Diamond have excellent traction. Shockingly there are more boots being sold these days with poor traction than there are with good traction. If you know that you are going to walk in a slippery area with ice, bring a small bag of sand and sprinkle it in front of you as you walk.
2. Keeps your hands free
Keep your hands available to help catch yourself just in case you start slipping or get off balance. It is best to keep your hands out of your pockets and be careful if you have to carry anything while walking in wintery conditions.
3. Don’t trust your sight
It’s difficult to see if ice is present or not. It is best to assume you are walking on a slippery surface and walk carefully.
4. How to fall
If you do end up falling it is important to protect your spine and head. This can be done by leaning forward slightly first. If you are able to fall on your side that is best. There is less chance that you are going to break the larger and stronger bones than if you fall with your hands or arms taking the force of the fall.
5. Seek Treatment
It’s important to seek the appropriate treatment if you do end up falling. Millions of people end up falling, unfortunately it is inevitable. When it does happen it’s best to get your spine checked by a Blair Upper Cervical Chiropractor. The fall can cause an injury putting pressure on delicate spinal nerves that can go unnoticed for weeks possibly even months.