If you’re using this rainy, colder time of year to get some indoor organization done, you might find yourself lifting heavy objects such as boxes, sports equipment, or even furniture. Below are a few tips on how to lift objects without injuring yourself. By following these tips you can help minimize your risk of injury while clearing your space of clutter.
If you feel pain during or after lifting, your physiotherapist can help. Safe Lifting Tips to keep you moving for life.
- Warm up and plan before you lift. To get your blood flowing and your joints lubricated do some practice squats, heel lifts and arm circles first. Plan ahead for your path of lifting; think twice, lift once. And, check to make sure the surface area is not slippery or uneven.
- Lift with your legs not your back. Stand as close as possible to the item you are lifting. Stand shoulder width apart and bend at the knees, not the waist so you use your legs and core rather than your back to lift. If the item is big and heavy, get help or use a dolly.
- Wear proper footwear. When you’re planning on lifting something, wear good shoes with low heels, not sandals, high heels or flip-flops. Don’t twist when you lift, move your feet to the new position.
- Control the weight, don’t let it control you. If you are lifting more than one thing, balance the weight equally between both hands; don’t lift a heavy item with one hand and a light item with the other. Plant your feet and lower your centre of gravity.
If you do hurt yourself while lifting after your Spring-cleaning endeavors, consult with your physiotherapist to create a program to alleviate the injury pain. Chipperfield Physiotherapy is a multidisciplinary mobile rehabilitation team specializing in physiotherapy, hand therapy, exercise therapy, and massage, working with clients in Vancouver, Richmond, Burnaby, Delta and Whiterock. Contact us to learn how we can help.