moving beyond pain
Saturday, February 21, 2009
(Post #112) Think Before You Lift
Lifting incorrectly is one of the most common causes of lower back pain and disc dysfunction.
Before you lift, stop and ask yourself:
1. Did I get my spine in neutral (mid point between flexed and extended lower back)?
2. Did I brace by tensing all trunk muscles between 30% to 80% (abdominal, back and side muscles)?
3. Did I squat or lunge before lifting, so that I used my hips, knees and ankles and not the lower back?
4. Did I bring the object close to my trunk?