Richmond Chiropractic Centre

Address:

#5520-8181 Cambie Road
Richmond, BC
V6X 1J8

Phone number:

+1 (604) 270-1007

Email:

info@richmondchiro.com

Consultation hours

Monday, Thursday and Saturday | 9am – 2pm
Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday | 9am – 6pm

Spinal Health Week – Tips when you Lift

Think Twice, Lift Once

The BC Chiropractic Association has partnered with WorkSafeBC and Acklands Grainger to put together the Think Twice, Lift Once program. Back strains account for more than 20% of all WorkSafeBC claims. Back pain has been identified as the most common cause of activity limitation in adults under 45 years of age and is second only to arthritis among people between 45 and 65 years of age. Musculoskeletal conditions cost Canada $16.4 billion in direct treatment costs and lost productivity each year. Back injuries are just one way to ruin your day. Know your limit and think twice before lifting once.

Some things to keep in mind when it comes to lifting:

Maintain a natural posture. You’ll notice your lower back curves naturally when standing straight. Do your best to maintain this posture when lifting, lowering or moving. This position assures the greatest spinal and back stability.

Hug the load. Holding a load close to your belly and body reduces the strain placed on the muscles of your back and trunk. If required, wear protective clothing to prevent sharp objects from causing injury.

Flex your abs. Contracting your abdominal muscles or “bracing” when lifting, lowering or moving improves your spinal stability. Even slight abdominal contractions can greatly reduce your likelihood of getting injured.

Don’t do the twist. Twisting decreases the stability of your back and increases your likelihood of injury. To turn, pivot with your feet rather than twisting with your body.

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