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Safe lifting tips for the holiday season
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Fit in the First State is brought to you by the team at ATI Physical Therapy, a nationally-recognized physical therapy and sports medicine provider with over 200 locations nationwide and 24 right here in the First State. From stretching programs to exercise routine tips, our team brings you valuable health and fitness-related posts to help you get there to reach your health goals.

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By Megan McCray, ATI Physical Therapy
Oct. 31, 2013 12:01 a.m.



As October turns to November, there is one thing on everyone's minds: the holiday season! From hanging holiday lifts to pulling decorations out of the basement to lifting that twenty pound turkey out of the oven, the holiday season can involve a lot of heavy lifting. The last thing you need is an injury keeping you away from all of the holiday fun!

Megan McCray, physical therapist at ATI Physical Therapy Reisterstown, shares a few tips to stay safe and avoid injury this holiday season.

“Around the holidays, the most important thing to remember is to do everything in moderation,” said McCray. “Your chance for injury increases when your muscles are fatigued, so it’s important to spread out heavy lifting when possible to give your body a break.”

When doing some heavy lifting, McCray offers the following suggestions:



  • Bend at the knees in a squatted position to avoid strain on your back.


  • Avoid reaching out and keep the load close to your body.


  • Keep your hamstrings flexible and core muscles tight.




If you think you injured something, McCray suggests that you first ice your lower back to help relieve the pain.

“A common misconception is that you should lie in bed after you hurt your back,” said McCray. “However, this causes your muscles to tighten up, so it’s important to stay as mobile as possible.”

 If the pain doesn’t go away within a few days, it’s best to consult your physician.

McCray’s final piece of advice to simple: use common sense.

“If you go to pick something up and it feels like it’s going to put a strain on your back, put it down and ask for some help,” McCray said. “It’s not worth an injury during the holiday season.”

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