Ow, OW – My Back! Don’t Let this Be YOU!

Author: Shannon Miller Lifestyle

What do the following scenarios have in common:

  • picking up your toddler,
  • moving heavy boxes from one room to another after a big move,
  • and rearranging your living room furniture?

What they have in common is the possibility of hurting your poor back if you are not careful!

Your back is a very important part of your body – you should be kind to it!

Check out the following tips on how to be safe when lifting heavy objects (or small children!)…

  • Lift with your strong leg muscles, not your back muscles!  Tuck in your chin and keep your back as straight as possible.
  • Avoid lifting items that are simply too heavy or too cumbersome to get a grasp on.
  • Avoid twisting your body while carrying heavy objects.
  • Only attempt getting multiple people to carry something after carefully coordinating how everyone will contribute.
  • When placing a heavy object on the ground (or to a lower position), bend your knees – don’t stoop.  Again, let your legs do the work – not your back!

TIP:  To avoid an “Ow, OW – my back” moment, try using these tips the next time you are forced to do heavy lifting.  And pass the word along ! 

Source: “Safe Lifting and Handling Techniques”,  Brookhaven National Laboratory

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