Sometimes back pain and injuries can be avoided altogether by being mindful and proactive. Lifting things is a part of every day life but it can also be an easy way to hurt your back if done improperly. In some cases improper lifting can be the cause of either immediate or chronic pain; so it's definitely in your favour to lift properly to lessen your chance of injury and reduce the amount of stress on your spine and body!
I'm sure most of you have heard this one before, "lift with your legs, not with your back". Well, it's decent advice but not entirely accurate. Proper lifting technique does indeed require your back to share some of the lifting duties as well. Let's go over proper lifting technique step by step!
While lifting things seems like a simple enough task, you really do need to be mindful as there are a variety of risks associated. Risk factors to keep in mind include:
Pivot your feet to change direction. Be sure that you DO NOT TWIST!
There you have it - proper lifting technique! Huzzah! Another thing I should mention is that two sets of hands are better than one! This is especially true for lifting those big, heavy and awkward shaped objects! So recruit a friend, family member, colleague or co-worker to help share the lifting load.
If you've been doing a lot of repetitive heavy lifting or maybe your body just hasn't been feeling quite right, it's probably a message from your body that maybe it's time to get your spine checked! Click HERE to make an appointment.
Oh, did I forget to mention to MAINTAIN THE ARCH in your lower back and NOT TO TWIST when you're lifting? Alright, well now you definitely know!
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