Safe lifting: what do health professionals believe?

Is a rounded back while lifting harmful?

In the prevention of low back pain (LBP), health professionals almost always include education of lifting postures as part of manual handling which often trains people to lift with a straight back and bent legs.

Whether lifting is a risk factor for LBP is a debatable matter. Various studies show that - although cumulative back loading is associated with LBP - mechanical loading parameters do not link directly to the cause of LBP.

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