Health Tip: Before You Lift Something Heavy05/16/13
(HealthDay News) -- Lower back pain is among the leading causes
of missed work in the United States. Fortunately, you can take
steps to reduce your risk of hurting yourself.
The American Council on Exercise suggests these techniques for
- Ask for help if you are trying to lift something that's too
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, and stand as close as
possible to the object you're lifting.
- Bend at the knees, never at the waist. Lift with your legs, not
- Contract your abdominal muscles when you lift to support your
- Hold the object close to your body as you lift.
- Don't twist or bend while lifting a heavy object.
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