Remembering this Paul Simon song is a little nostalgic, but in light of the major snowstorm we’re in right now, maybe not so pleasant an image of our vehicles or ourselves slip sliding away with the ice and snow. So we hope you are all taking good care of yourselves during these times and staying warm and safe.
If you should have a fall or accident of any type, however, we do suggest you seek proper medical attention in the moment, and after ruling out any serious conditions or broken bones, you want to get yourself to a chiropractor to correct any misalignments that have occurred as a result of the injury. No matter how slight it might seem at the time, it doesn’t take much to twist our spine out of alignment, and the sooner you can get it corrected, the easier it is to repair any damage done.
Here’s a few tips for you if you have to be out in the snowy and icy conditions…..
Here in Asheville we may not see a lot of ice, but it is still a good idea to be aware of injuries that are common when you do slip. It is also good to know how to prevent a fall from happening in the first place.
Common injuries during a fall include wrist fractures as you naturally try to catch yourself, ankle and tailbone fractures, knee and back strain, and even head injuries. Ice can be hidden under snow, appear as a wet surface such as with black ice, and be especially dangerous as temperatures drop and shaded areas never get a chance to melt.
In the event that you do slip, get up slowly and use a hand-hold if there is one available. You can try a few stretches, but should otherwise take it easy for a few hours. If you hurt your back, experts advise that you treat with ice for the first 24-48 hours. Ice can help relieve pain as well as decrease inflammation. After a couple of days, you can switch to heat. A pain reliever may be helpful as well, so long as your doctor has not advised against taking these types of medicines.
One simple way to protect yourself from slipping on the ice is to wear proper shoes. Snow boots provide much better traction than everyday shoes such as dress shoes or sneakers. Likewise, if you prefer to wear something over your shoes instead of buying boots, snowshoes are another option. It also doesn’t hurt to wear extra clothing to help cushion the blow in the event that you do slip.
While walking on slippery surfaces, you will benefit if you make a few changes to your actual stride. First of all, take shorter strides as you move forward. Second, plant your entire foot down on the ground as you take a step instead of the heel-to-toe movement most people typically use. Third, point your toes outward which helps you to brace yourself better.
Try to keep walkways, steps, and driveways as free of ice as possible. You can use rock salt or a chemical de-icing compound. Sand helps provide a bit of traction and can also prevent slips.
Remember: your destination is not going anywhere. Take your time, and proceed with caution.