Bend your knees to lift with ease

Community Health Jun 27, 2014 at 3:04 pm

By Dr. George I. Traitses

From moving planters to picking up paint cans, lifting correctly is key to preventing injury. Here are a few tried and true rules for lifting safely and preventing back injury.

• Stand close to the load to be lifted.

• Place your feet shoulder-width apart.

• Bend your knees and keep your back straight.

• Squat down to the level of the object and test the weight of the load.

• Ask for help if the load is too heavy or awkward!

• Use the strength of your leg and arm muscles (not your back) to smoothly and slowly lift the load. Try not to jerk when lifting.

• Keep the load close to your body.

• Pivot to turn in the direction you want to move toward.

• Avoid twisting your body while turning and carrying the load.

• Bend your knees and slowly lower the load to its new location.

For more information on health and safety visit the Ontario Chiropractic Association, a voluntary professional association whose mission is to serve our members and the public by advancing the understanding and use of chiropractic care; or call 1877-327-2273; Dr. George Traitses, 416-499-5656,