Numerous injuries occur on a daily basis because many people do not know or do not implement what they know about how to carry heavy boxes. The primary cause of injury is putting too much pressure on your back, when you should be using your lower body strength to carry heavy boxes. Follow these tips to avoid hurting yourself.
Spread your feet to shoulder width and bend your knees. If you have a history of back pain, you may want to consider wearing a back support belt. This provides additional protection from injuring yourself when lifting and carrying heavy boxes.
Bend your knees and lower yourself straight down to where you can place your hands around the box. Do not bend at your waist; this is how most injuries from lifting occur. Make sure you are as close as possible to the object you are picking up.
Make sure you are in a stable, balanced position. Flex your stomach muscles for additional core support. This reduces the pressure the weight can put on your back.
Lift the heavy box with your legs, not your back. Lift in one smooth movement, keeping the box in close proximity to your body.
Keep the box centered as you carry it. Avoid putting more weight on one side of your body than on the other.
Walk slowly to your destination and carefully set the box down using proper, balanced form. Remember to bend your legs as you lower the box to the ground.
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