Optimal Health & Wellness Center would like to take a timeout to talk about proper lifting technique. It's that time of year when some of us may be springing for some sizeable gifts that, when lifting, might put undue stress on the back. Please read on to learn the proper ways to lift so you don't end up becoming a real Scrooge this holiday season.
Remember Your Base
You always want to keep a wide support base. Feet should always be no less than shoulder-width apart. You can leave one foot slightly ahead of the other (think MMA stance).
Lift with Your Legs
Don't make the mistake of bending down and lifting with your back. Instead, squat down and let your legs do most of the work. Make sure to bend at your hips and knees -- not at your back.
Keep Good Posture
Maintaining good posture is crucial when displaying proper lifting technique. Make sure that you're looking ahead and that your back is straight. Push your chest out and push your shoulders back. Make sure that you maintain a slight arch in your lower back.
When you get the lift done, make sure that you hold whatever you're lifting as close to your body as humanly possible. Hold it at belly button level. Make sure that you take small steps when transporting whatever you're lifting.
If you end up getting your back, neck, or spine out of whack due to some improper lifting technique, we're always here to help. Contact Optimal Health & Wellness Center today to schedule your consultation.