Orthopedic Associates of Zanesville, Ohio recently shared a brief overview of proper lifting techniques for home caregivers to prevent back pain.
They focus on the most dangerous activities:
- Leaning above the patient for long periods of time
- Positioning a patient in their bed up into a seated position
- Transferring a person from a bed to a chair
While also recommending the proper lifting techniques:
- Hold the proper alignment of your neck and head with your spine
- Maintain the natural curve of your spine
- Never bend at your waist
- While carrying a person, avoid twisting your body
- Keep the patient who is being lifted or moved close to your body
- Spread your feet shoulder-width apart, which will help you keep your balance
- Activate the muscles in your legs to lift, never your back
- And, never be afraid to ask for help.
These techniques are indeed useful to help prevent back injury while caregiving.
But, with new no-lift procedures going into affect in many states, transferring or moving a patient without assistance has been considered to dangerous.