“Lift with your legs, not with your back” is a phrase commonly used when discussing the body mechanics of lifting. Lifting with your legs means you are using the power of your lower body to lift the weight. Instead of bending from your back and putting strain on your spine and upper body, bend from your hip joints and knees, and use the power of your legs.
When lifting, it is very important that you get as close to the weight as possible, without losing your own stability. When you stand away from the weight, your back must bend and lean in order for your and hands to reach the weight. This puts a tremendous strain on the muscles and vertebrae of your back. It also requires the muscles of your arms and shoulders to work hard, first to reach the weight and then to lift it.
Body positions are so important for your health. Dr. Chait has been helping the people of Sarasota and surrounding area for over 30 years! Call Chait Chiropractic Center today at 941-371-1070 for a complimentary posture analysis and to see how chiropractic can help to return your body to a better functional state, as well as helping you to maintain it.