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Proper Lifting Technique: What You Need to Know

Maybe you’re moving from one home to another. Or perhaps you’re working around home and need to transport a heavy object to another room.

Regardless of why you’re lifting a heavy object, it’s critical that you do so in the appropriate manner.

Here are some quick tips that will help you use proper lifting technique:

• Keep a wide base: Not only does this protect you from injury, but it helps you keep your balance.

• Lift with your legs: If you put all the strain on your back, you’re more likely to injure yourself. Let your legs do the work.

• Maintain good posture: For example, don’t hunch over while picking up and carrying the object.

• Hold the object close to your body: It’s ideal to keep the object as close to your body as possible, as well as at the height of your belly button.

Along with the above, there’s one last thing you should never forget: it’s okay to get help.

If an object is too heavy for you to lift on your own, find someone who can assist you. This will go a long way in keeping you safe.

Jennifer Ferdinand, owner of Serendipity Wellness Studio in Burke, VA, has been practicing massage therapy and esthetics since 2006. She is nationally certified through NCBTMB, and licensed in Virginia for both Massage Therapy and Esthetics.

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