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Manual handling makes up 28% of injuries to Victorian workers. Manual handling includes – but is not limited to – lifting, pushing and pulling. Poor lifting technique can lead to a range of injuries, including –
The above injuries occur because poor lifting places added stress on the body and challenges the structures in the area where the demand is too high.
Lifting injuries can occur both at work and home. Policies and procedures have been created and implemented in workplaces to reduce the risk of manual handling injuries occurring – however, if an individual does not lift correctly they are still at risk of injury. This is why knowing how to use the correct lifting technique will protect your body when manual handling is necessary, both at home and in the workplace.
Chiropractic care may be able to help with some injuries caused by improper lifting in the following ways:
Additionally, when the nervous system is functioning well, the body’s ability to heal itself improves too.
Chiropractic care may also be a fantastic preventative to injury. By ensuring the spine is moving freely and musculoskeletal biomechanics, as well as the nervous system are functioning well, injury may be less likely to occur. Chiropractors are also able to provide ergonomic advice, postural assistance and prescribe exercises to further assist function and strengthen the necessary core muscles.
Keep reading for a step by step guide on how to lift properly when lifting from the floor, lifting from a shelf, and lifting heavy items.
But first, always remember to assess a situation. Ensure you have considered how heavy the object is and it whether it is too heavy for you to do alone or without assistance. Consider where you are moving the object to – is it too high for you to lift and place safely? Are there any obstacles obstructing your path? Are there difficult areas for you to manoeuvre past?
What you should do if you decide an item is too heavy for you to lift? Well, you have a few options –
If you are lifting with another person, the same principles and considerations apply as lifting by yourself, but to recap –
At the end of the day, you only get one body so be sure to take care of it!
Article written by Dr. Cecily Hendrickson (Chiropractor)