We all know that the holiday season can be hectic and the last thing you want on your list this year is a new back. Back injuries can be frustrating, time consuming and costly to fix. Having a back injury can prevent you from being able to be fully present in all of your holiday plans. Having good postural awareness at home, in the car and at work are essential in providing care for your own back. Whether it involves baking cookies, decorating a tree or hanging lights around your house, it is important to be cognizant of having correct body mechanics. Remembering correct body mechanics during this busy season can be extremely tough, but here are four proper lifting techniques to help keep you pain free this holiday season!
- In lifting an object, remember to bend your knees and lift with your legs.
- Keep the object you are lifting close to your body.
- Avoid twisting when lifting, but pivot instead.
- Keep your core muscles tight when lifting.
Incorporating proper body mechanics, postural awareness and exercise can lead you to a successful outcome! We hope this helps you stay happy and healthy through the New Year. Happy holidays from all of us at Foothills Sports Medicine Physical Therapy Downtown Phoenix location.