Health Tip: Prevent Back Injury

Suggestions on how to lift things properly

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(HealthDay News) -- Lifting or carrying objects -- even light ones -- can cause injury and pain if you don't follow the proper techniques.

The National Safety Council offers these suggestions to help prevent back injuries:

  • Take the time to stretch your legs and back before doing a lot of carrying or lifting.
  • Wear safety protection on your hands and feet.
  • Use a stool or sturdy ladder to reach objects that are seated above your shoulders.
  • Keep your feet solid. Lift with your legs, not your back. Carry the object close to you.
  • Always get help carrying very heavy objects.
  • Keep your stomach pulled in and use those muscles to support your back.

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