Spring is here again and the much needed outdoor repairs and landscaping have piled up over the winter months. So break out the lawn and gardening tools and get to work…
Not so fast…says Terry Lee Young Product Inventor, it is best to understand the mechanics of lifting an object.
Review these steps before lifting heavy objects.
1. Take time and examine the object that you are attempting to lift or move.
⧫ Make sure the object or box is free from shifting, causing an imbalance.
⧫ Locate the best way to handle the object to avoid slippery areas and securing your grip.
2. Coordinate the safe route being aware of stairs or uneven areas and remove all obstacles.
⧫ It is always better to have a spotter, who can advise you of obstacles or uneven areas
especially if the object is obscures your view.
3. Stand close to the object or box that you are attempting to move or carry.
⧫ It is always better to position your feet shoulder-width apart, tighten your abdominal
muscles and bend your knees and hips into a squatting position while looking straight
and keeping your head back completing the proper lifting form.
4. Drive up with your heels when pushing up and straightening your knees while maintaining a
⧫ Driving up from heels and not from your toes or the balls of your feet assure proper
balance and reduce strain on your knees.
⧫ Looking up while lifting positions the spine in a way that reduces the opportunity for
⧫ Do not jerk upright or yank to lift the object. Go slowly to avoid damage to your back,
knees or arms.
5. Carrying or holding the object.
⧫ Bend your knees slightly as your carry the object while taking small steps. Always pivot
your feet when changing directions.
⧫ If standing or holding the object bend your knees slightly and control your breathing
with deep, rhythmic breaths so not to get dizzy.
6. Lowering or putting the object down.
⧫ While keeping your knees slightly bent and holding the object close to your body with
legs shoulder width apart slowly and gently set it down.
“By following these procedures above will reduce the potential of injuring or further aggravating your back,” says Young. Also, although it is not a cure-all, you might consider Simply ICE to help with your tired, sore and achy muscles and joints after a strenuous days work or activities.