Anyone familiar with weightlifting, sports, or moving has most likely heard this old adage. Should we really follow this advice? The general consensus is yes – lifting with your back causes unhealthy strain on certain muscle groups and can cause injury. Here we have detailed the suggested way to lift heavy objects and why you should typically avoid putting strain solely on your back when lifting.
Heavy Lifting and Your Back
Humans are equipped with a muscle group, erector spinae, that spans from the pelvis to the neck and allows us to stand upright. These muscles are quite strong as they lift our torsos and heads. However, it is not usually strength that affects our ability to lift with our backs, it is our posture: lifting activates our erector spinae muscles, and improperly lifting with our legs also activates muscles that pull the erector spinae muscles from the opposite direction. Pulling these muscles in two different directions can easily strain them and leave you with a painful injury.
Many professionals suggest that bending your knees and flexing your glutes and erector spinae muscles is often the safest way to lift, which really boils down to not using your legs. To avoid risking injury altogether and to have your moving done quickly, call our professional team today at 817-267-9901!