Keeping you Body Wise: Protect you back

by admin December 28, 2010

Understand how to properly lift heavy objects


Although it seems like you just put up your holiday decorations, the time is nearing for them to come down again. For many, this includes packing large boxes and lifting them onto the top shelf of a closet or an attic. This type of heavy lifting has potential to be extremely dangerous. The Orthopaedic Institute (TOI) would like to encourage you to follow these suggestions from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons for how to properly lift large, heavy boxes or items.


  • Plan ahead what you want to do and do not be in a hurry.
  • Position yourself close to the object you want to lift.
  • Separate your feet shoulder-width apart to give yourself a solid base of support.
  • Bend at the knees.
  • Tighten your stomach muscles.
  • Lift with your leg muscles as you stand up.
  • Do not try to lift by yourself an object that is too heavy or an awkward shape.
  • Get help.

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