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Proper Pumpkin Lifting Mechanics

Proper Pumpkin Lifting Mechanics

Fall is here and that means everything pumpkin– pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin pie, and pumpkin patches!  If you’re planning on taking your annual trip to the pumpkin patch, read below to make sure to keep your back safe and healthy when picking out that perfect pumpkin.

Pumpkins can be deceivingly heavy, awkward in size and shape, and sometimes difficult to get a good grip on, making them difficult to lift. Using proper lifting techniques can help to minimize your risk of hurting your back.

Utilize the squat lift

  1. Facing the pumpkin, stand as close as you can with your feet on either side of it.

  2. Squat down by bending at your hips and knees while keeping your back straight.

  3. Wrap your hands underneath the pumpkin, keeping the pumpkin close to your body.

  4. Push back up through your legs, keeping your weight towards your heels to use your glutes and avoid using your back.

When carrying your pumpkin back to your car, keep it as close to your body as possible.  Happy Fall Y’all!

 

Rebekah WolinetzRebekah Wolinetz

Rebekah Wolinetz

Rebekah believes that manual therapy has a vital role in the rehabilitation process. She is committed to each patient’s journey through physical therapy in order to help reach their goals of feeling and performing their best now and in the future.

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