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Make 2015 the year you take better care of your back

Make 2015 the year you take better care of your back

Anton Brand

Make 2015 the year you take better care of your back

Make 2015 the year you take better care of your back, particularly when lifting or handling.

Don't bend your back when lifting. A slight bending of the back, hips and knees at the start of the lift is preferable to either fully stooping or fully flexing the hips and knees - in other words, fully squatting.

Don't flex the back any further while lifting. This can happen if the legs begin to straighten before starting to raise the load.

Don't twist when you lift. Avoid twisting the back or leaning sideways, especially while the back is bent.

Keep your shoulders level and facing the same direction as the hips.

Turning by moving your feet is better than twisting and lifting at the same time.

Look ahead, not down at the load, once it has been held securely.

Move smoothly. Don't jerk or snatch the load as this can make it harder to keep ­control and can increase the risk of injury.

Keep your head up when handling the load.

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