Your Road Health - Back Concerns
Reaching and Bending
When reaching for something above your shoulder level, stand on a stool. Straining to reach such objects may not only hurt your mid-back and neck, but it can also bring on shoulder problems. Do NOT bend over at the waist to pick up items from the floor or a table. Instead, kneel down on one knee, as close as possible to the item you are lifting, with the other foot flat on the floor and pick up the item. Or bend at the knees, keep the item close to your body and lift with your legs, not your back.
At all times, avoid twisting while lifting. Twisting is one of the most dangerous movements for your spine, especially while lifting. If the item is too heavy to lift, pushing it is easier on your back than pulling it. Whenever possible, use your legs, not your back or upper body, to push the item. If you must lift a heavy item, get someone to help you.
When carrying objects, particularly if they are heavy, keep the item as close to your body as possible. Carrying two small objects – one in each hand – is often easier to handle than one large object.