Surviving this holiday
|With the increase in online shopping, everyone is lifting more packages from their ground level door step, awkward corners of their patio, oddly shaped mail boxes, and even trudging through snow and rain with them. Once inside, we are setting them on furniture, stuffing them in corners, and hiding them from children. There is also the “I’m so excited I need to open it right now!” And as you rip through the tape you realize you don’t have the tools to cut this and you’re on your floor fighting with a box… We have all been there! Don’t forget the cart-pushing, child-care, laundry, mopping, and even extra beauty efforts we are all making. (We can all agree it’s a small work out to blow dry our hair most days!)|
If you already have chronic joint pain, the last thing you want to do is to hurt your back! Here are some tips for a healthy back this quarantined, online shopping driven, holiday season. These tips are from The Sports Medicine Patient Advisor (Rouzier, 2010, p.341.)
- Position yourself as close as possible to the package or load that you’re lifting.
- Stand with your feet apart, with one foot slightly in front of the other.
- Your toes should point slightly outward.
- Test the weight of the load or package first. Ask for help if it is too heavy or too awkward to carry.
- Bend your knees, and squat.
- Lift the object close to your body.
- Return to standing using your legs.
- Never lift with your back.
Rouzier MD, Pierre. (2010). The sports medicine patient advisor. (Third Edition). McKessen Corporation.
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