There is much written about the different types of back supports and belts but very little written about the correct and safe use of back supports. There are some considerations that should be taken into account so as to get the best support for your back when wearing a lower back brace, belt or support.
Before I mention the considerations let me clear up any myths that ‘a back support will allow you to lift incorrectly or lift too much.’ They will not.
How to Use a Back Support Correctly.
- Be sure that the belt fits properly and is worn correctly.
- Always identify and assess the weight to be lifted. Be sure that you can lift the weight identified without over-exertion.
- Always lift correctly in accordance with safe manual handling techniques and correct use of body mechanics.
- Do not twist or lean sideways during any phase of lifting.
- Secure and tighten your back support for when you are actively involved in lifting. Reduce / release the tension or remove the support when no lifting or back support is required.
In conclusion wearing a back support is never a substitute for incorrect lifting. Always lift correctly to reduce the risk of a back injury.
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