Back injury

Lifting or carrying objects — even light ones — can cause injury and pain if you don’t follow the proper techniques.

The National Safety Council offers these suggestions to help prevent back injuries:

Health Tips

* Take the time to stretch your legs and back before doing a lot of carrying or lifting.

* Wear safety protection on your hands and feet.

* Use a stool or sturdy ladder to reach objects that are seated above your shoulders.

* Keep your feet solid. Lift with your legs, not your back. Carry the object close to you.

* Always get help carrying very heavy objects.

* Keep your stomach pulled in and use those muscles to support your back.

Source: The News, 4/8/2008

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