How to Lift Without Hurting Your Back
When lifting, maneuver the object close to your body, and use the strength in your LEGS to get the object off the ground, rather than your low back.
Have you ever heard of anyone straining a thigh muscle while lifting? Hardly ever. That is because the muscles in the legs are longer, stronger, in better shape and more resistant to strain. The muscles and ligaments in the back are shorter and prone to muscle spasm.
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