There’s truth in that old adage “lift with your knees, not with your back.” You should bend your knees every time you transport a load, whether that item is heavy or light. While lifting, keep your back aligned and stand up straight. Rather than twisting while lifting, your entire body should move if pivoting is required. A back brace could also help you maintain correct posture.
Expert Stretching Tip: When dull pain radiates through your back, try lying face down on the ground. Place your hands about shoulder’s width apart and then push up the upper body, keeping everything from the hips on down firmly pressed against the ground. Hold this position for ten seconds, take a break, and then repeat.
Stay-at-Home Parents – Stay-at-home parents are constantly bending forward, rounding the back and lifting their children. This action actually causes the back muscle activity to decrease the further they bend. When the average person reaches their limit of forward bending, the back muscles actually stop all activity, something known as myoelectric silence. At that moment, the weight of the upper body is borne by the ligaments and discs of the lumbar spine, which can cause a low back sprain, disc injury or aggravation of an existing disc injury.
Be mindful of your posture when picking up young children. Try to keep your back flat and use your legs to lift your children.
Expert Stretching Tip: Lie on your back and pull one knee toward your chest. Ma
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