Most people go through life leaning forward to lift ... and the spine takes the full brunt of the force!
It doesnt matter how young or old you may be. Its important everyone uses safe techniques to prevent strain to your back.
Here are a few things to remember next time you offer to move something.
- The first step to lifting a heavy object safely is to get as close to it as you can. Ideally, the object should be underneath you.
- Next, take a wide stance. Legs should be wider than shoulders, with your weight anchored firmly into the ground or floor.
- Try different foot positions until you find the one that feels the most stable and comfortable. Try putting your left foot front, then your right. Or keep them parallel, but widen your stance. Once you have found your comfort level, get ready to use that position.
- Bend your knees and lift the object from underneath. You will be using the muscles in your hips and legs to do the heavy work. Avoid bending at the waist, which can cause you to injure a disk or strain your back.
- If you are lifting an unwieldy object, like a heavy bag of soil, get someone to help you. Taking a chance on lifting it is not worth the risk to your back.