Proper Lifting Techniques

Proper Lifting Techniques

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hi my name is Jim Flaherty and I'm a physical therapist with Atlantic physical therapy Center and today we're gonna talk about proper body mechanics with bending and lifting activities and proper body mechanics with performing activities low to the ground a quick tip is to always make sure we're keeping whatever weight we're carrying close to our body and we always want to get as close to the weight as we can when we go to pick it up the second tip is when you're holding the object if you've had to move it somewhere or put
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it on a shelf you want to avoid twisting at our spine the idea is to make sure we're pivoting and moving our feet rather than twisting to place it up on a shelf so we're gonna maintain that neutral or arched position our butts gonna go out behind us our chest will be up and then before we lift it we're gonna pick our head up so now we're maintaining that good spinal alignment throughout our neck and our lower back so we drop our
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butt down maintain that neutral spine position use our legs to lift keep the object real close to our body now drop down on one knee back maintains a neutral spine position from this position I can get the book off the shelf if I had to empty the dishwasher this would be an effective position to be in if I had to empty a dryer this would be an effective position to be in
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when I'm putting less strain on my lower back this technique is useful if you have something nearby to give yourself some support and the idea is I'm gonna reach down and kind of extend my one leg out behind me now at first glance somebody might say oh wait he's bending out his back really what I'm doing is I'm hinging at my hip and remember that hip is built for movement and it has a lot of strong muscles to give it some support so this isn't putting a lot of unnecessary strain on
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my hip and it's allowing me to maintain a neutral spine position reach down to pick up the object and then come back up now this technique can also be modified if I had to reach for something further away where I still didn't want to kind of bend up my lower back I could still kick one leg a little bit out behind me and allowing me to reach without a lot of excessive bending on my lower back so they get down on one knee kind of
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roll it up on to the knee keep your weight close to our body and stand up always keeping the weight close to our body you

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