• Elizabeth Kenney

Lifting Boxes? Here's How:

At MoveEaze, we invite you to leave the heavy lifting to us. Proper lifting technique when moving boxes, furniture, and anything heavy for that matter is critical to injury prevention.

Improper technique can lead to a myriad of injuries, including but not limited to compression of the spinal disc or straining the lower back.

Anytime that you life heavy objects, Alberta Heath Services recommends the following guidelines and tips:

#1 Do NOT bend forward while lifting. Instead squat down, so that you bend at the hips and knees only. You can also take a half kneel stance for additional support. When setting the item down, likewise squat using your knees and hips.

#2 Always use a wide base of support. To do so, place your feet should-width apart and one foot slightly in front of the other.

#3 Posture matters because it allows you to keep your upper back straight while slightly arching your lower back to lift the item. So, look straight ahead and keep your back straight to maintain good posture.

#4 Do NOT move quickly or twist while moving heavy items. Always lift at a slow pace, straightening your knees and hips, as opposed to your back.

#5 Hold items as close to your body as possible and at the level of your belly button. Do NOT hold items above shoulder level.

#6 When changing direction, lead with your hips and keep your shoulders in line with your hips as you move into a new direction.

(Source: https://myhealth.alberta.ca/Health/pages/conditions.aspx?hwid=hw206944)

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