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Proper Lifting

Careless lifting, at home or on the job, is a widespread cause of back injuries. You can avoid these painful injuries and protect your back by learning proper lifting hab

Careless lifting, at home or on the job, is a widespread cause of back injuries. You can avoid these painful injuries and protect your back by learning proper lifting habits.

Careless lifting, at home or on the job, is a widespread cause of back injuries. You can avoid these painful injuries and protect your back by learning proper lifting habits and remembering these lifting hints:

• Size up the object to be lifted and decide the best way to get a good grip on it before you even begin lifting.

• Plant your feet about 10 to 12 inches apart and–solidly close to the object to be lifted. Squat down, keeping the spine straight.

• Lift with the big muscles of your legs, thighs, arms, and shoulders — NOT WITH THE BACK. Keep the load close to your body as you lift. Use mechanical lifting devices for moving heavy objects.  Get help for large, bulky, awkward, or extra-heavy loads.

•Use rhythm, both alone and in a team effort. Let the load help lift it.

• Be sure you can see where you are going.

• Keep the floors clear of hazards that might cause you to trip or fall.

• Setting the load down is just the reverse of lifting. Keep the back straight, let the legs bend slowly, and set the weight down quickly.

Prevention is the best way to avoid back injury. Should a strain or spinal injury occur, consult Dr. Miller at Waterford’s “Top” Chiropractor’s office immediately. Spinal injuries not only cause localized pain but subluxations that lead to muscular imbalance, neurological problems, and associated bodily dysfunction and disorders.

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