Pushing, Pulling, and Carrying Tips

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By Dr. Roya Salehoun

When you have to move an object, following these simple tips will help you keep your back safe.

 

It is ALWAYS better to push than pull. Before pulling anything, try to think of a way to push it first.

Pushing

First, test the load to see how easy it is to push. Make sure the path is clear. Stand facing the object. Place one leg behind the other. Bend the knees and keep the back straight.

Tighten the abdominal muscles and slowly push with the arms and legs. Once moving, continue to push in a slow and steady manner. When you are ready to stop pushing, slowly ease up and return to a standing position.

Pushing is always the safest option.

Pulling

Remember: FIRST TRY TO THINK OF A WAY TO PUSH. If pushing is not an option, then pull with caution and try to find help.

First, test the load to see how easy it is to pull. Make sure the path is clear. Stand facing the object, placing the hands on object. Place one leg behind the other. Bend the knees and keep the back straight. Tighten the abdominal muscles and slowly pull with the arms and legs. Once moving, continue to pull in a slow and steady manner. When you are ready to stop pulling, slowly ease up and return to a standing position.

When pulling, bend your knees and pull slowly.

Carrying

When you are carrying things like boxes or other items that can be held, hold the object close to your trunk. Do not twist your body.

If you are carrying things like suitcases or handbags, observe the following rules:

  • Try to carry equal weight in both arms.
  • When picking up bags, keep your back straight and bend at the knees.
  • Do not twist while carrying the bags.
  • Lower bags by bending knees, not the back.

When picking up bags, bend at the knees and don’t twist your body.

Follow these simple guidelines for a safe and healthy back!

 

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