Do you know if you are bending properly, in a way that protects your back from injury and pain? Try this simple experiment to find out.
It’s likely you, like so many others, are doing it wrong. You want to hip hinge, which is "Table" Bending vs. "C" Bending. Check out this article, Lost Art of Bending Over: How Other Cultures Spare Their Spines, and learn how to bend properly.
To hip hinge:
Place your feet about 12 inches apart.
Keep your back straight.
As you bend your knees, allow your pubic bone to move backward.
Fold over by allowing your pubic bone to slide through your legs, down and back.
In our business, we are constantly bending to pick up packages, move packages and stack them in a warehouse. One small, wrong movement can make a big difference in how you feel and if you hurt yourself. These tips can help any of us, whether at work or in every day life.