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Golfing With Back Pain? Use the Golfer's Lift for Light Objects!

Posted by Dr. Jeff Winternheimer D.C. on Thu, May 31, 2012 @ 05:54 PM

golfer's liftWhat is the “golfer’s lift”? The golfer's lift is a great way to pick up small objects off the floor without expending too much energy or straining your back. All you need to do the golfer’s lift is some support (a chair, a desk, or a putter) to put your hand on to take the load off of your back as you bend over.

First, face the item you are going to lift, and place all of your body weight on one leg. Take the opposite hand on a supportive item, and bend straight over from the hip; your weighted knee can bend slightly. Keep your head up and your spine in a straight line. As you bend, let the leg with no weight on it come off of the ground in line with the upper body. This leg acts as a counterbalance to the weight of the upper body, making it easier to come back up without using the muscles of the lower back, which don't have the power.

The golfer's lift works for many other common situations. For example, you might be lifting a bag of groceries out of your car's trunk. Place a hand on the edge of the car, bend from the hip, grab the bag with the other hand, and lift. Again, if you let the leg without the weight come off the ground a little, you will notice how easy it is to get back upright. To make it even easier, pull the bag closer to the back of the car before lifting.

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