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Why bending your knees isn’t the ‘best’ way to lift heavy things!

Why bending your knees isn’t the ‘best’ way to lift heavy things!

For years it was a commonly held belief that the best way to lift heavy things was to bend your knees, lower yourself and then to pick it up with a a poker straight back.

It is now believed that in fact our bodies are much more capable than we thought and instinctively we know the best way to pick up heavy things.

In a work environment, employees are given lessons in how to pick up boxes and chairs…really? Did they go their whole lives not being able to do this?

Much of this overthinking comes from another commonly held belief that the back is a fragile structure ready to snap and break at any given moment. It is not. It is an extremely well engineered structure of strength and efficiency when allowed to be so.

In powerlifting, contestants deadlift double sometimes nearly 3 times their own bodyweight – without bending the knees much.

In the clinic, more people come in having hurt their back brushing their teeth than lifting a heavy object.

So, trust your back. Strengthen your back. Use your back. Just don’t be a maverick. Keep the weight close to the body when lifting it and don’t lift weights in the gym that you aren’t used to.

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I had mine

I had mine

I had mine. Have you had yours? 11 years ago I had my regular 5 year smear test. I was 29. I was healthy and I had a 13 month old son, Oliver. Receiving a letter to tell me I needed to visit the doctor regarding the results of my smear lead my mind straight… Continue Reading

RSI and how to prevent it

RSI and how to prevent it

What is RSI? Repetitive strain injury (RSI) doesn’t just occur in sport. Any repetitive activity can lead to an overuse injury. Overuse injuries occur over a period of time, usually due to excessive and repetitive loading of the tissue, with symptoms presenting gradually. Little or no pain might be experienced in the initial stages of… Continue Reading

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy Massage

Pregnancy massage is a lovely holistic treatment to help you relax and take time out for yourself. Around 48-56% of pregnant women suffer from lower back pain and pelvic pain due to altered posture from the increased weight of the uterus and foetus. There are many benefits with this type of treatment including: – Relaxation,… Continue Reading

Top Three Injury Prevention Tips for Golfers

Top Three Injury Prevention Tips for Golfers

Summer is on its way (ish) and there will soon be grass on the greens again and plenty of days to get yourself down to your favourite golf range! As we all know, golf requires a particular set of skills and with that, has its own particular set of associated benefits, risks and common issues. With… Continue Reading

Guide to employee wellness in 2018

Guide to employee wellness in 2018

In UK work places, 30.8 million* working days were lost in 2016 due to musculoskeletal problems. This includes back pain, neck pain and upper limb problems. In addition, 15.8 million* days were lost due to stress, anxiety and depression. But how can physical therapists actually help companies to reduce this and improve their profitability? At… Continue Reading