Magazine article Work & Family Life

What You Can Do for Your Aching Back

Magazine article Work & Family Life

What You Can Do for Your Aching Back

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You can protect your back from pain and injuries by making some relatively small changes in the way you perform certain common activities, says physical therapist David Wise of the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston. Here are his reminders: Use proper muscles to lift.

Don't lift with your back. Bend your legs and lift with the muscles in the legs, abdomen, arms and shoulders.

Hug the object. After you lift something, hold it close to your body. Holding a weight out in front of you puts more stress on the back.

Turn, don't twist. Turn your feet after you lift an object. Face the area where you intend to deposit the load.

Don't lift up, step up. If you must raise an object above your chest, use a stool or ladder. Better yet, ask someone to hand the object to you after you're on the stool or ladder. …

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