Welcome to Spine Hacks. Today’s segment is about how to lift your child correctly. I’ll show you two ways to safely lift your kid. Children are so much closer to the floor than we are that we must bend a lot throughout the daily course of activities to take care of them. Therefore, we are going to talk about how to do that safely, as to prevent back injuries.
In the video above, I use a stick and a 20lb kettle bell for demonstration. When we are bending, the goal is to keep our spine in a neutral alignment, as demonstrated with the stick in the video. The stick should maintain contact with your head, midback, and sacrum as you bend. If it comes off of your back , you know that your form is not correct. Most of us will choose to bend the quick and easy way, which can have negative consequences if done repeatedly.
In the next section of the video,using a kettle bell, I demonstrate how to bend to pick up your child, as well as an alternative by using a lunge. Both actions are much safer on your spine when compared to the traditional way that many of us will pick up our kids.
I hope you enjoyed today’s Spine Hack about how to lift your child correctly. For more information about how we can help you through Beaverton chiropractic care, contact our office today at (503) 526-8782.