Warm up before physical activity. Prior to doing physical work, warm up and stretch to get your body moving. Focus on the major muscle groups including your legs, arms, back and shoulders. Even 2 to 5 minutes is enough to get started.
Our core is made up of muscles in the abdomen and sides, mid and lower back, and pelvis. These muscles work together to support our movement and are particularly important to support our back when we lift, move, and go about our daily work. A stronger core leads to better balance and posture and reduces the chance of injury.
Doing a series of simple exercises every day can help to strengthen your core. These core strengthening exercises have been proven to be effective, and are designed to avoid unnecessary stress and strain on the low back:
Improper lifting can be a common cause of back injury. Here are some guidelines to keep in mind to safely lift an object:
The Chiropractors’ Association of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Workers’ Compensation Board partnered to raise awareness of safe lifting techniques to prevent injuries at work through the Think Twice, Lift Once campaign.