Proper lifting technique is an important precaution to take, especially considering that 80% of human beings on the planet will experience some sort of back pain during their lifetime. Back injuries are common in the workplace, too, and many of them come as a result of failing to utilize proper lifting technique.
When lifting heavy objects, both at work and at play, please try to take some of the measures we list below.
Keep a Wide Base
Make sure your feet are shoulder-width apart. Ideally, you’ll also have one foot slightly ahead of the other, to establish a good, sturdy foundation before you lift.
Lift with Your Legs
Never lift with your back. Always squat down to lift a heavy object, remembering to put all of the pressure on your legs.
Keep Your Head Up and Maintain Good Posture
When lifting, keep your head up, looking straight ahead, and make sure that your back is straight. As an extra measure, make sure that you carry whatever you’re lifting close to your body to avoid back injury.
If you have any questions about how you can practice perfect lifting technique, or if you experience a back injury at work or outside of work, contact Holmes Chiropractic today to schedule your consultation.