A Primer on Proper Lifting Technique

Many injuries that occur in and out of work have to do with hauling around heavy objects and failing to demonstrate proper lifting technique. There are a few measures you can take to protect yourself in those instances where you have to carry heavy objects so you don’t end up getting an injury in or out of work.

Below are a few ways to improve your lifting technique in order to avoid back injuries that 80% of the population experiences over the course of their lifetime, injuries that keep you sidelined from work and play.

Keep a Wide Base

Make sure that your feet are shoulder-width apart with one foot slightly ahead of the other, which will ensure you don’t buckle or fall backward or forward.

Lift with Those Legs

Instead of lifting with your back, put the pressure on your legs, which are much better designed to handle such pressure.

Squat, Don’t Bend

Instead of bending over to lift an object (which can seriously tweak your spine), squat down to lift, which will promote proper lifting technique to help you avoid injury.

If you experience an injury from improper lifting technique, contact Community Chiropractic & Acupuncture of Park Slope today. We have a long, demonstrated history of keeping our patients healthy and well.

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