Many low back injuries are the result of incorrect lifting.
It is very important to learn a proper lifting technique but also to test the weight before you lift it. If it is too heavy, get help from someone else. You may even need to use a mechanical lever such as a cart or a trolley.
- Stand as close as you can to the load.
- Position your feet shoulder width apart for a good support base, with your toes pointing slightly outwards.
- Bend at your knees and hips. Do not bend from the waist.
- Before you lift remember to tighten through your abdominal muscles to support your spine.
- Lift up with the strength of your legs, keep the movement smooth without jerking. A sudden shift in the weight could result in injury.
- Keep the load as close to your body as you can.
- Keep your spine as straight as possible throughout the lift.
- If you need to turn with your feet. Avoid twisting as it may result in injury.
- Keep all these points in mind when lowering an object to the ground