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Q: How do I protect my back when lifting?

Posted February 19, 2014 in Advice Column, Grimes

A: If you’ve ever “thrown out” your back while doing a seemingly simple task you’ve learned firsthand the importance of safe lifting techniques for protecting your back. It is easy to learn and simple to do  Safe lifting techniques keep your back in balance and protect you and your back from accidental strain and overload. It makes sense to keep your back working smoothly and problem free. Lift right!

• Visualize the lift. The first step in safe lifting is thinking “Can I lift it by myself?” “Can I hold it close to my body?” If the load is manageable, follow the remaining tips.

• Tuck your pelvis. By tightening your stomach muscles, you can “tuck” your pelvis to keep your back’s three curves in balance.

• Bend your knees. Bend your knees instead of your waist. Let the large muscles in your legs support your back and carry the weight.

• “Hug” the load. Try to hold the object you’re lifting as close to your body as possible as you gradually straighten your legs to a standing position.

• Avoid twisting. Twisting while you lift or carry increases the load on your spine and can lead to serious injury. To avoid twisting, be sure that your knees and torso are moving in the same direction when lifting.

• Regular chiropractic care. Chiropractic care helps keep your spine and nervous system working optimally. Contact a chiropractor to find out more about proper lifting techniques and how chiropractic care can help.

Information provided by Williamson Chiropractic, 206 S. Main St., 986-9189.

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