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How to Avoid Twisting Your Joints
Reduce the risk of back pain and injury by following these smart tips.
Twisting at the waist, especially when bending or carrying something, is a prime cause of back injury. Reduce the risk of injury and pain by making sure your hips, knees and shoulders always move in the same direction.
Here are a few tips to always keep in mind during your daily activities:
Getting out of bed
§ Roll on your side and bend both knees toward your chest in a loose fetal position.
§ Push your upper body into a sitting position, with your legs over the edge of the bed.
§ Stand up, keeping your back straight.
Loading and unloading
§ Keep loads small and close to you.
§ Keep a straight back and use your leg muscles to do most of the work.
§ Pivot on your feet to turn around, instead of twisting your upper body.
Shoveling and sweeping
§ Make sure your feet and the buckle on your belt face your shovel or broom.
§ Keep your feet moving, and stretch with your arms and back.
Source: Arthritis Foundation
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