How should you lift heavy objects to avoid back injuries?

Repetitive strain injuries are one of the most common reasons why people need to apply for Social Security Disability in Missouri. If you have ever lifted an object that was a little too heavy and strained your back, you can imagine what it would be like to develop chronic back pain as a result of doing this over and over again.

Even objects that are comfortable for you to lift can put a lot of strain on your back over time if you do not lift them with proper and safe techniques. Follow these steps to ensure your back stays whole for as long as possible.

1. Do not strain to lift things

You may be the kind of person who wants to get a job done all by yourself, but VeryWell Health advises that if you find yourself grunting, groaning and straining just to move an object a few feet, you probably need someone else to help you with it.

2. Do not bend and twist

If you need to rotate while carrying a heavy object, take small steps to turn your whole body while keeping your torso aligned with your hips. If you need to twist your torso, set the object down first.

3. Lift with your legs

One of the most important things is not to bend over to pick up heavy objects. Squat down with your legs and keep the column of your spine straight and sturdy.

4. Flex your core

You don’t need to overdo it, but if you tighten your abdominal muscles while carrying something heavy, it will provide added support by taking some of the pressure off of your back muscles.

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