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Body Focus: Proper Lifting Technique
Last review: 08/12/10  J.R. Rogers

If you are an arthritis sufferer, you may have a difficult time doing the very simplest of chores like going up and down stairs. Even getting out of bed can prove painful. When lifting objects, special care needs to be taken to lift things properly and with the least amount of strain.

Those with arthritis need to follow the proper techniques when lifting. Unnecessary stress on joints from improper movements and improper lifting can be reduced greatly from just taking the following approaches. When lifting...

  • Always ask for help if it is needed
  • Always bend at the knees
  • Always keep your back straight
  • Always keep the objects you are lifting close to your body
  • Always use mechanical help when available (a handtruck, a dolly)
  • Always turn with your feet, not your body
  • Always keep your feet apart, and staggered if it is possible
  • Always wear non-slip soles on shoes when lifting
  • Never jerk or twist!

Just knowing the basics of lifting properly can take stress and strain off of the joints that will be taking the brunt of most of the weight. This will keep your joints from undue strain. Your knees, back, and shoulders will thank you!

J.R. Rogers is the founder and President of Activex America, Inc. makers of Liquid Glucosamine Formula Syn-flex®