The Beast from The East has been and gone…
The curfew is over and most of us will be back to work tomorrow under more challenging conditions. Snow, slush and ice are all around…. Snowy and icy roads and paths mean potentially hazardous conditions underfoot and a rise in injuries caused by slips, trips and falls. So how can you move around freely and safely in this period?
Potential for slips and trips
Most of us find we have a “snow/ice walk”…. you know the one! It may seem like a good idea but an unnatural walk could cause as many problems as the icy conditions themselves. So preparing before you head out so you can walk as naturally and comfortably is important.
Here are a few tips!
Make sure your footwear has solid, large, raised treads on the sole; essential for maximising your grip on the ice. If wellingtons are your only option, I suggest popping in a basic supportive insole to make using them more comfortable. While they may seem practical, wellingtons don’t offer much (if any) support. Definitely avoid walking outside in smooth soled shoes….
When you are out and about, keeping your hands out of your pockets. If you do slip or slide, you can use your arms for better balance. Use gloves to keep warm (and protect your hands if you do happen to fall).
Watch out for parts of the pavement that may have been in shadow or under trees; black ice is more likely. However, if you do slip or fall, try and curl up and ‘roll’ with the fall. Also, TRY to stay relaxed. This will minimise any jarring to your body. Whilst it may be a reflex reaction, try to avoid putting your hands out to save you. This may result in wrist injuries.
If you have any further questions regarding this topic please do not hesitate to contact the clinic here. If you have injured yourself following a fall or slip or jarred your back from a slip, gentle hands-on care at Natural Back Health may be suitable for you.
Remember, addressing a problem sooner rather than later is best. Call today to arrange your first visit!!