Back-Friendly Lifting

Our Edmonds chiropractor is probably not the first person to tell you that you need to “lift with your legs”. Improper lifting techniques account for a big percentage of back injuries, particularly among those suffered at the workplace. We therefore encourage you to keep the following in mind whenever you’re faced with lifting a heavy weight:

The important part of the “lift with your legs” principle is that your back is strongest when it remains straight and erect. When approaching a heavy weight, always make sure that it it your knees that are bending, and not your spine. Try to keep your shoulders above your hips as much as possible while you tote the weight. Meanwhile, limit any rotation of your spine. Since your spinal cord is naturally curved, any rotation of your back is going to quickly compromise its structural integrity and can lead to sudden, disastrous injuries.