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Lift With Your Knees!

| July 31, 2013 | Reply


Mmm, Pizza!

Most people throw out the last minute call for help when moving with the incentive of beer and pizza.  While the pizza is hard for anyone, especially me, to turn down,  impromptu moving assistance can throw out our backs.  Just keep a few things in mind while helping your friend carry their sofa down a flight of stairs!

Things to Think About

Proper lifting techniques are crucial.  Most people pack the trailer with the big heavy things first, then move on to the smaller stuff.  They had great lifting technique with the big stuff and then think; hey it is only a box of pots how heavy can it be?  They bend at their waist and that is when they put their back out.  Your back and core muscles that help stabilize your back are now fatigued from all the heavy lifting and this is when you get hurt. 

So keep these things in mind for all lifting you do:

  • Bend at your knees, not your waist
  • Do not twist while you are carrying or lifting anything
  • Keep loads close to your body instead of holding them away from you.
  • Try to move heavy items with someone who is a similar height to you.  If you are significantly taller than your lifting partner you will need to bend at your waist putting your back at risk.
  • Drink lots of WATER.  Dehydrated muscles are weak muscles.  Save the beer for after you are done!

If you have already helped your friend move, and are now living with a sore back call us today at (780)-466-1104 or for more information visit:


Capilano Rehab Centre | Physical Therapy Capilano physical therapists have provided state-of-the-art physical therapy, sports physiotherapy, back pain, WCB, accident, whiplash and injury rehab to clients in Edmonton for over 10 years.

5832 Terrace Rd Edmonton, AB. T6A 3Y8

(780) 466-1104



Category: Active Living, Community, Healthy Living, Physiotherapy, Uncategorized

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I am Capilano Rehab Centre’s Community Care Coordinator. I have been with Capilano Rehab for 9 years primarily as a Physio Assistant, but also as a Receptionist. I have a Physical Education Degree from the University of Alberta, which I will eventually use when my two young children are grown up. In the mean time I am enjoying helping people in the Community through my role as Community Care Coordinator and bringing awareness to how a Physiotherapist can help you get back to the activities you love the most!

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