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How to Prevent Lifting Injuries

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How to Prevent Lifting Injuries

You probably have a pretty demanding life. In any given day, you are probably called upon to perform all kinds of tasks, from the most highly cerebral to the lowest kind of grunt work. Because you’re so busy, you may try to rush through those tasks, but it’s important to take your time and be careful – especially if that task involves some heavy lifting.


According to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and skin diseases, there are 600 muscles in the human body. All those muscles are important in helping you move and live, so it’s important to keep them intact and uninjured.

  1. 1.Be Careful

    Get close to the object that you are about to lift, spread your feet shoulder-width apart and make sure to bend at the knees while keeping your back straight. This will help prevent unnecessary strain on your muscles. Also, be sure to use slow and steady movements while you’re working because sudden, jerky movements can also injure your muscles.

  2. Take care of your body – you only get one! Keep yourself safe and pain free by being careful and smart when it comes time to move heavy or cumbersome objects.
  3. 2.Use the Right Equipment

    Gloves, back belts, dollies and forklifts can all be your friends when it comes to moving heavy things. A good pair of work gloves can help you get a good grip on whatever you are trying to move and a back belt gives you good lower-body support. Dollies and forklifts are easy ways of taking the strain off of you and on to a machine that can handle it. Dollies and forklifts can also save time, since they can move more things a lot faster than the average human.

  4. 3.Get Help From a Friend

    Don’t think you have to go it alone; two people can accomplish things much better than just one. So, call up a bunch of your weightlifter friends and ask them for help. Then, make sure you are communicating while you work. Come up with a plan for how you will lift the item, where it’s going and how you will get there. Count to three before you do anything and let the person know if you can’t handle the load and are about to drop it.

  5. 4.Use Your Brain

    Think your task through. Look for ways to make your job easier. That means that if whatever you are moving has lots of removable parts, take them out and move them separately. Or, if you are lifting boxes, make sure that the weight of the boxes contents are evenly distributed to make for easier carrying.

  6. 5.Get Help From Professionals

    If you are doing heavy lifting as part of a move, you may want to consider hiring professionals. Many moving companies not only pack your things for you, but they’ll move them as well. Not only is that a big time saver, it will save your poor worn-out arms and legs as well. Movers have the right equipment to make getting your boxes from here to there a breeze. They also know the correct ways to lift things so that they are not seriously injured. If you are going to hire pros, make sure they are good ones. First, make sure you are dealing with a reputable moving company. If they are moving you from one state to another, they should be registered with the U.S. government to do so. Ask them if they are.


    Take care of your body – you only get one! Keep yourself safe and pain free by being careful and smart when it comes time to move heavy or cumbersome objects.

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