Taking Care of your Back
Saturday, August 18, 2018
Slide, don't lift. Seriously!! Just a full laundry basket can make a person tired when lifted directly. The more weight lifted bending from the back, the greater a risk of muscle strain and stiffness. Tie a rope on the basket and get a laundry bag and let it slide behind you. Less chances of stumbling and falling too.
Easier than lifting an item out of a cardboard box, cut the end or sides of the box and slide it out. Cardboard slides over carpet nicely so as long as the sides are intact, so try sliding the item to the place it will finally rest before removing it from the carton.
Use wheels! Carrying items up stairs (like groceries, laundry, boxes) limits a person's view or keeps them from using a handrail if they stumble, increasing injury risk. Get a cart with big back wheels for stairs. Step sideways while pulling it up the stairs.
Stretching, stretching, stretching. A lot of back injuries happen when a sudden movement when lifting a weight forces stiff muscles and tendons to overextend. Daily flexing exercises lengthens tendons as well as muscles so that quick moves can be compensated for. It makes impulses more fun!