Spring is here and for many it’s the time of year to literally spring into action with some DIY. For most this inevitably involves undertaking more exercise and undertaking actions that they wouldn’t normally be doing. The unfortunate result of all of this activity and pushing our bodies too hard is all too often picking up some kind of injuries.
One of the common causes of back pain is as a result of lifting and carrying incorrectly. Our chiropractor at the Spine and Joint Centre in Ealing thought it would be a good time to provide advice to protect your back whilst lifting and carrying.
- Secure the object you are going to lift in something appropriate to ensure it is not going to move around and become imbalanced
- Turn to face the direction you want to carry the weight in
- Place your feet at shoulder distance apart if possible
Lifting and carrying:
- Always bend at the knees to lift
- Keep your head and shoulders directly above your waist with your back relaxed and straight
- Avoid twisting
- Keep the object you are lifting as close to your body as possible
Putting the object down:
- Keep your shoulders, hips and knees pointing in the same direction with your feet at shoulder distance apart
- Bend at the knees and keep your back relaxed and straight
- Lower the object onto a surface that is at waist height if possible
The video below was created by the British Chiropractic Association (BCA) and gives step by step instructions to keep your back safe when lifting and carrying.