One of the most dangerous activities for your spine is lifting. In order to reduce the risk of injury to your spine, always start off in the neutral position when lifting. Generate power to lift by using your large leg muscles. Tighten your abdominal muscles to help create a stabilizing corset around your trunk. Always be aware of your body and if you feel and pain or discomfort, stop what you are doing immediately.
How many times have you lifted something only to find a minute, hour or day later, your back is killing you? There are ways to help protect your back. All you have to do is think about it before lifting.
- I know it sounds silly, but plan your lift. Prepare for it
- Make sure you have a safe and clear path ahead
- Get a good footing. Keep your legs wide … your feet a minimum of a shoulder width apart.
- Keep the load that you are lifting close to your body.
- Maintain a neutral spine position.
- Lift with the large muscles of the legs
- Do not twist and bend your lower back at the same time. Pivot your feet instead of twisting.
- Don’t hesitate to call for help if you find the load too heavy or bulky