Protecting Your Back When Lifting

Have you ever tried to lift a heavy box and felt the strain in your back afterwards? Your back is very important! It is equally important to protect it so that it can serve you for the long run. Here are some tips to protect your back when lifting heavy items.

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  1. When lifting you should bend both knees
  2. NEVER bend at the hips to lean over and pick something up
  3. Bring the item close to your body before standing
  4. When lifting make sure you tighten your “core” (abs)
  5. Use your legs to lift not your back (by straightening your bent knees)
  6. NEVER bend and twist!

img_6980-2-261x300Heather Hunt, PTA

 

Andrew Vertson

Andrew Vertson

Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from California State University, Fresno in 1991. He then earned his Master’s degree of Physical Therapy in 1996 and his Doctorate degree of Physical Therapy in 2002 from Loma Linda University. In 1996 he also earned his Certification as an Athletic Trainer. He has also completed extensive post-graduate course work in orthopedic manual therapy through Kaiser-West Los Angeles and the Ola Grimsby Institute.
Andrew Vertson

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