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Feb 01, 2019

How to Properly Lift Heavy Items

Most people have heard the saying to lift with your knees, not with your back. But there are many other tips that will help you protect your lower back when lifting heavy objects. If you are moving things in and out of a house or storage unit, it is best to take precautions so that you can walk away from the experience pain- free. About 80% of adults will experience a back injury in their lifetime, so here is a little refresher that will help you avoid an unnecessary injury.

1.Spread your feet apart to create a power stance. Don’t keep your knees together and make sure that your feet are firmly planted on either side of the object.

2.Squat down, don’t bend at the waist. Keeping your knees straight will put too much pressure on your lower back and can cause injury, so try and put most of the weight on your thigh muscles when you stand up.

3.Keep your back straight and the object close to your chest. If it is a box that can be gripped with both hands, the closer it is to your center of gravity, the better. If it’s something large and awkward like a couch, don’t hold it above your head or drag it below your waistline.

4.When walking, make sure that your path is clear and that there is nothing small that you can trip on. Always pivot with your feet, not your waist, because you could strain your back if you turn too quickly.

5.Don’t hold your breath or lock your joints.

6.Set the object down by bending at the knees and waist, don’t set it down to fast or bend over with your lower back.
If an object is too heavy, don’t be afraid ask for help either form a friend or a professional moving company.

Knowing how to protect your back and knees when you are moving large objects can help you in the long run. Making an active decision to listen to your body’s needs will help you determine what you can and can’t do physically, so you shouldn’t try and strain yourself for no reason. If you ever experience a serious injury, always call 911 to receive further guidance.

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  1. James on 07 Feb 2019 at 8:11 am

    Thanks for this useful guide on lifting. As a back pain sufferer, I would recommended people take heed of the advice given here and don’t end up in pain from lifting heavy items incorrectly.

    Thanks,

    James