The lifting and moving of objects is a common cause of pain and injury to your lower body. The low back is often put at risk, the neck and the shoulders can also be injured. You can protect yourself against injury both at home and work by trying to eliminate the need for lifting and bending in the first place.
Principles of Manual Handling
Plan the task: is there a better way?
THINK before you lift and try to reduce the:
Make your work easier:
How can physiotherapy help?
Physiotherapists are experts in human movement. They understand how your muscles, bones, joints and ligaments work and how injuries occur. Today, Australian physiotherapists are leading world research into how muscles work to stabilise our backs. This research helps physiotherapists to give you good preventative programs and treatment.
Why fitness helps:
Your physical condition is important. For example, stiff joints and muscles can reduce your ability to keep your back in a safe position as you lift. If your leg muscles are not very strong, you may find it harder to lift effectively. Poor fitness will cause your muscles to tire, placing more stress on the spine and other joints. A physiotherapist can advise you on the best way to improve you fitness.
For further information on safe lifting, you can make enquiries to a SSP Physiotherapist on 9583 5248
or via email firstname.lastname@example.org