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?