Correct lifting technique
It is easy to say make sure you lift correctly… but what is the correct way? Your Woodbridge, Dale City VA Chiropractor has some proper lifting tips for you. Since you are always going to be bending and lifting you might as well do it correctly.
Back pain and injuries from improper lifting techniques typically lead to three kinds of injuries to the muscles, vertebral discs, and joints. Some injuries from incorrect lifting include:
With improper lifting, you may experience a tear, rupture, or shift out of position of the soft cushions between your vertebrae, called discs. If this injury does occur, the fibrous rings surrounding the soft leathery discs can bulge and even rupture. This can cause the dislocated or ruptured disc to press against a nerve, causing pain and numbness to radiate down into you buttocks or leg.
Because of the numerous joints in your spinal column that connect all of the various bony structures, injury may occur. A joint injury can be caused by a bad lift because it causes excessive strain on your joints, irritating tissue within them, and in some cases, locking them up. As well, if you change position during a lift, you can place a lot of stress on your lower back muscles. This added stress can easily strain and injure your back, usually in the form of a small twist or tear of a single muscle or group of muscles.
An important rule to remember when lifting is to never bend from your waist and then stand upright to lift an item from the ground. Keep your back straight and crouch first by bending at the knees or hips. This all depends on where the item is that you are lifting and allows your arms and shoulder muscles to do the brunt of the lifting, rather than your back. Some simple lifting techniques include:
Make sure you have a place to put the object you are lifting.
If you need to turn while lifting the object, use your feet to pivot, not your back.
Your leg muscles should be the ones providing the power during your motion to stand erect, not your back.
Keep the object close to your body in order to maximize the use of your arms and shoulder muscles.
Keep your chest forward and bend at your hips, or knees, not your lower back.
When lifting, push your chest out, pointing forward. Avoid twisting or turning during your lift as this will cause injury.
Lead with your hips, not your shoulders and keep your shoulders in line with your hips.
Don’t lift any objects that are obviously too heavy.
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