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Protect Your Back When Lifting
It is the time of the year where everyone is starting to get spring fever. We begin to spring clean our homes and to get out in the yard and plant flowers, pull weeds, and mulch the flower beds.
During this time many people will experience back pain from all of the bending and lifting. To make sure that you do not suffer from an injury from lifting you need to make sure that you lift properly.
To ensure that you are lifting properly you should make sure that when you are lifting you stand, kneel or squat as close to the object as possible. Make sure that you do not bend at the waist to lift the object. Bending at the waist could potentially cause back pain. When lifting the object make sure that you tighten your core muscles, which include the abdominal muscles, back and pelvic musculature.
Do not hold your breath when you are lifting and make sure to hold the object as close to you as you can. When you are standing up with the object make sure that you maintain the natural curve in your lower back while you tighten your core muscles. And lastly make sure you use your legs and not your back when lifting.
If you happen to not lift properly and injure your back make sure that you visit your chiropractor. Visiting your chiropractor will aide in the healing process and get you on the road to recovery.