Every year thousands of people injure their backs while trying lift something or put it down. These kinds of injuries can be costly and have serious repercussions. Because the back has disks which cushion the spine, the risk of injuring oneself is greatly increased when unnecessary pressure is applied. The best way to avoid injuries such as this is to know how to safely bend while lifting heavy objects. And also how to place them back down in a proper fashion.
The first thing you should know is your own lifting limitations. In other words, do not over exert yourself when it comes to lifting. Knowing approximately how much you can safely lift is essential to avoiding injuries.
The second important piece of knowledge involves the physical process of lifting objects. When lifting, spread your feet slightly apart so you create a stable base from which to lift. The feet should be spread just beyond hip and shoulder width.
Then stand close to item you are attempting to lift. After that, bend at the knees and avoid bending at the waist at all costs; as this will apply excess pressure on the spine. Engage your abs when lifting up and setting down the item. Make sure to lift slowly using your legs and do not use a jerking motion while lifting. Keep your back straight to avoid injury.
If you feel any pressure on your lower back, this might mean the item is too heavy. While carrying the object, keep it as close to your core as possible so the body’s strongest muscles carry most of the weight. Most importantly, avoid twisting your back at all times; this is the number one cause of injuries.
Lastly, while placing the item down, reverse the process and make sure to squat as you lower the object.
If one follows these simple directions to safely bend while lifting heavy objects, he or she reduces the likelihood of back injury.
In an effort to assist in the process, a back brace makes an excellent tool. The brace will provide extra support to the spine and ensure the back is kept straight while lifting and putting objects down. In most industries that require this type of physical labor a back brace is usually provide. If this not the case in your profession, it is strongly recommended that one purchases a back brace. It is just one extra tool to assist in avoiding painful and costly injuries.