Proper Lifting Techniques to Help You Avoid Spinal Injuries

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It’s important to know how to properly lift large gifts, furniture, and other heavy objects in order to avoid a potentially dangerous spinal injury. A trip to the emergency room can ruin any holiday.

A basic rule of thumb is that it’s always safer to get help from a friend for especially heavy or bulky objects. Objects in an average-sized container should be placed flat on the ground. When lifting, kneel near the object, use your hands and arms to lift the box onto your knee, then lift the object while maintaining the natural curve of your back and holding it as close to your body as possible. You may also squat instead of kneeling if the object is light enough. Avoid twisting your back while carrying heavy loads. If an object is too heavy, consider using a dolly to make your life easier.

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