(HealthDayNews) -- If your back is constantly going out, poor body mechanics when you lift heavy objects may be to blame.
Southwest Washington Medical Center suggests these guidelines for protecting your back:
- Always use your arms and legs instead of your back.
- Keep your abdominal muscles tight. This provides a wall of support for your back.
- Keep the load small.
- Keep it close to your body.
- Lift it slowly. Quick, jerky movements are harder on the body.