For as long as I can remember, I've known there's no better way to throw out your back than to shovel snow or dig a trench. But digging a hole wouldn't be half as bad if it wasn't so awkward. Leaning over puts all the pressure on the back. Now the BackSaver Grip comes along and makes me wonder why it wasn't invented 10 years ago. This patented ergonomic grip allows users to stand straighter while shoveling, putting more pressure on the arms and legs and reducing pressure on the back. In fact, a study by Ohio State in 2006 determined the BackSaver Grip effectively reduced lower back strain. It's detachable, so you can use it on any long-handled tool whether it is a rake, shovel, or snow shovel. One dedicated sportsman even used it on his fishing rod. It is available from many retail stores or online. The suggested retail price ranges from $9.99 to $11.99. It's a small price to pay when talking about back strain.
A couple of years ago I planted the first of nine shrubs in some pretty heavy soil. My back was not going to last through the other eight. I decided to try the 'Grip' that some gardener friends had given me. The difference was incredible. The shrubs got planted and we now have the 'Grip' on every shovel and rake we own.