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Michael Salerno

Physical therapy professor offers advice on how to avoid holiday aches

A mountain of snow is behaving badly on your front steps. You can grab a shovel and go at it like a frenzied ditch digger. Or you can heed the advice of University of Rhode Island physical therapist John McLinden: baby scoops, even if it takes all day. Your back will thank you.

The holidays are upon us, and that means snowy mornings (cross fingers), marathon shopping trips, long hours on your feet baking mince pie, and perilous journeys up a ladder to trim the Blue Spruce that you cut down without wearing a back brace. Tsk. Tsk.

If you take precautions, you can avoid a trip to the emergency room or an unwanted afternoon in repose, says McLinden, a clinical assistant professor of physical therapy in...

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