Why is correct lifting technique important?
One of the most common causes of lower back injury is incorrect lifting technique. When you lift an object with bad posture, the muscles in your back become inhibited and do not work correctly. This causes a greater load to be placed through the bones, ligaments and discs in your spine which may lead to injury. Here are some tips to minimise the risk of injury:
- Get your body as close as possible to the object you are going to lift
- Have your feet placed shoulder-width apart
- Bend through your hips and your knees (not through your back!)
- Maintain a nice long and straight spine while you lift