Active Healing Centre


Lifting Safely


During these past few months Kingston Road (from Main Street to Victoria Park Avenue) is a construction zone.

In 2012, they will be ripping up the street to replace the water mains.

In 2013, they will repeat the process and replace the TTC tracks.

You would think they would coordinate the work and do it all at once.

While I watch repairs being made, I see potential injuries due to poor postural habits. The usual culprits are: low back pain, knee pain, shoulder and neck pain, each with their own treatment protocol.

Here are some safe lifting techniques to protect your back:

  1. Stand close to the load being lifted.
  2. Place your feet shoulder-width apart.
  3. Keep your back straight with your feet and body facing in the same direction.
  4. Squat down to the level of the object and test the weight of the load.
  5. Use the strength of your leg and arm muscles to slowly lift the load.
  6. Keep the load close to your body. Always avoid twisting.
  7. Pivot with your feet to turn and face the intended direction of travel.
  8. Bend your knees and slowly lower the load to its intended place again keeping your lower back straight.
  9. Try not to lift heavy objects above your waist.

We are conveniently located on their working route and with all the available services to help with recovery. If you are suffering from any of the above, we can also help ease your pain.

See your doctor if the pain persists or doesn’t go away within a day or two.
See your therapist if treatment is recommended.