I shoveled piles of snow this morning before coming into the office, and could feel some tiredness toward the end creep into my back while trying to lift and throw the snow. I didn’t hurt myself, but over the past few years since I’ve had to shovel, I’ve had personal experience dealing with a common complaint of why someone comes to see me. The soreness I feel is akin to a workout, which is a good thing for the muscles. Had I gone a little too far, or did some lifts incorrectly, I could have very easily injured my back. One of the best ways to avoid injury is to keep your back and core fit. It’s useful to come in periodically to loosen things up and improve range of motion, but strength is key. Here’s a link to an effective 10 minute routine to help strengthen your back.