What can I do to protect my back when I lift heavy objects? What is proper lifting technique?
To prevent low back pain when you lift heavy objects, let your lower body do most of the work. Squat down in front of the object while keeping your back straight. (This position protects your back, but it can be hard on your knees.) Tighten your abdominal muscles as you unbend your knees to lift straight up. Keep the object as close to your chest as possible and do not twist at the waist; your shoulders and hips should always be aimed in the same direction when you lift heavy objects or carrying heavy objects. Never pull a heavy object when you can push it instead. For shifting very heavy objects, get help. Use pushcarts, wheelbarrows, and forklifts when they are available.