Stop and think about how you typically lift a heavy object. Do you normally just bend over from the waist to lift it up? If you answered yes, then it’s important for you to be aware of the stress and serious risk you’re placing on your body from improper lifting.
To help prevent possible damage and injury to your back, follow the six steps below for proper lifting:
1. Get the whole picture: First, do you know where you’re going and do you have a clear path to get from point A to point B? Do you know the weight of the object you’re planning to lift? Will you need a second person to help you?
2. Bend at the knees: This is one of the most important steps. When you’re getting ready to lift an object, make sure to bend at the knees and keep your back straight to help prevent injury.
3. Keep the object close: When lifting any heavy object, it’s best to carry it close to your body. This helps keep you, and the object, more balanced and in control.
4. Tighten up those ab muscles: Make sure you hold your stomach muscles in tight. This helps transfer some of the load from your back.
5. Make your leg muscles do the work: Take advantage of the muscles in your legs and make sure to use them while lifting heavy objects. Doing this helps prevent you from putting too much stress on your back.
6. Take breaks when needed: If heavy lifting is a regular part of your occupation, make sure you take frequent breaks. When the muscles in your arms and legs get tired (and they will if you lift frequently) you are at a higher risk for injury.
Do you suffer from or know someone who suffers from a back related injury caused by improper lifting? We’ve helped many patients in Palmdale and Lancaster, CA who have injured themselves from improperly lifting heavy objects.
Contact us to schedule a consultation and discover treatment options that may help relieve your pain. Call our office at (661) 280-2388 or schedule an appointment online today!