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Posture: Proper Lifting Technique IMPROPER TECHNIQUE
Proper lifting technique is crucial to avoiding lower back pain.
Improper lifting can cause muscle, disc and joint injuries.
Size up the load you are lifting. If it seems to large or heavy, do not attempt to lift the object yourself. Ask for assistance.
Don't stoop, which is to bend forward and down from the waist or the middle of the back.
Do not lead with the
shoulders. This action
may cause the twisting
of the hips.
Let your lower body do most of the work when lifting heavy objects, for such technique will help prevent low back pain.
First, squat down in front of the object while keeping your back straight and chest forward.
Then tighten your abdominal muscles as you unbend your knees to lift straight up.
While lifting, take caution to keep the object your are lifting as close to your chest as possible.
Keep shoulders and hips aimed in the same direction. LifeART Collection Images Copyright © 1989-2001 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, MD