Tips to lessen back pain. Part four; Lifting techniques.

August 24, 2011 Back Pain

Tips to lessen back pain. Part four; lifting techniques. Doing heavy physical work is a risk factor, heavy lifting and twisting and working with machinery can put a lot of strain onto the back.

One of the most important things to remember is to load the spine vertically, not in bend. Lifting without bending at the knees makes your back bear the load; if you lift an object far away from your body, you increase pressure on your discs. If in doubt about the weight of an object ask somebody to help you move it.

Try to balance weight, by, carrying an object of equal weight in both hands; for example, don’t carry all of the shopping in one hand whilst searching for the keys with the other.

  • Bend at the knees whilst keeping your back vertical
  • Get close to the load before you try to lift it.
  • Remember to get help when you need it.
  • Assess and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Try to identify ways to make moving the object easier you may need to introduce mechanical aids. (Especially in the workplace).

Remember it is your spine that holds up the weight of your upper body. Treat it lovingly, try not to overload it, think before you lift a heavy object, and be aware of the risks associated with incorrect lifting, pulling or pushing.  Always consult your GP at the onset of back-pain…

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