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The Art Of Lifting

The Art Of Lifting

For healthy lifting, lift with your legs, keep the load close to your body and get help.

For healthy lifting, lift with your legs, keep the load close to your body and get help.

One of the best ways to keep your back pain-free is the fine art of proper lifting. Unfortunately, this step is often overlooked.

Think of a box filled with books, how do you lift that box? Are you going to just bend over from the waist to lift it? By doing that, you’re putting yourself at serious risk for pain and major damage.

Follow these steps for proper lifting:

  1. Assess The Situation: Do you know where you’re going? What is the weight of the object that needs to be lifted? Is there a clear path from Point A to Point B? Based on the weight and shape of the object, should you have a partner help you? Consider these factors before you begin.
  2. Keepin’ It Close: It is best to carry any object close to your body, rather than holding it with your arms extended out in front of you. This will help to keep you, and the object you are lifting, more balanced
  3. Spread Your Feet Shoulder-Width Apart: Balance is key, and this makes it easier for you to provide the firm foundation and footing needed to safely maneuver a heavy object.
  4. Bend Those Knees: This is critical. While getting ready to lift an object, bend from the knees and keep your back straight. You should also do the same when you are putting the object back down.
  5. Tighten Up Those Abs: Holding your stomach muscles tight will help transfer some of the load from your back.
  6. Put Your Legs To Work: Use your legs – they have some very strong muscles, perfect for assisting you to lift large and/or heavy objects. This will also help to prevent too much stress on your back.
  7. Take A Break: If heavy lifting is a regular part of your job, make sure you are taking frequent breaks. When the muscles in your arms and legs get tired, you are at greater risk for injury.

Do your back a huge favor and master the art of proper lifting. But, as with any activity, if you strain your back or feel pain, make sure you call us right away to schedule an appointment. We will make sure that you get a thorough chiropractic examination and the necessary care to help you. Waiting normally lengthens the healing process and very rarely makes a painful situation better.

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