1. Bend at the knees and hips.

2. Support your lower back by tightening up your abs (not sucking them in but tightening them like you are doing a sit-up).

3. Lift with your legs and buttocks muscles.

4. Bring the object you are lifting close to your body, as soon as you can, to increase stability.

5. Work in one direction. Meaning, don’t bend at the waist and twist at the same time whenever possible. Bending and twisting together is one of the most common ways people injure their lower back.

Did you know that “only 9% of the people who had low-back pain for more than 30 days were pain free 5 years later?”1

When you are wondering how you still hurt your back and days later, if it will ever get better. Email us for your free copy of the article, “Does Back Pain Go Away on Its Own?” at answers@apexchirocenter.com or call us at (513) 931-4300.


1 Hestbaek L, Leboeuf-Yde C, Engberg M, Lauritzen T, Bruun NH, Manniche C. The course of low-back pain in a general population. Results from a 5-year prospective study. J Manipulative Physiol Ther 2003 May; 26(4):213-9.