(HealthDay News) -- Lower back pain is among the leading causes of missed work in the United States. Fortunately, you can take steps to reduce your risk of hurting yourself.
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The American Council on Exercise suggests these techniques for proper lifting:
- Ask for help if you are trying to lift something that's too heavy.
- Stand with feet shoulder-width apart, and stand as close as possible to the object you're lifting.
- Bend at the knees, never at the waist. Lift with your legs, not your back.
- Contract your abdominal muscles when you lift to support your back.
- Hold the object close to your body as you lift.
- Don't twist or bend while lifting a heavy object.
-- Diana Kohnle
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