What is Kinetic Lifting?

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Kinetic lifting means “manual handling”. This is the practice of lifting heavier weights on your own without the help of a machine or a tool. It is a method of handling weight properly without causing injury by using your whole body. Such methods are lifting, pulling, pushing, maneuvering, steadying, carrying.

Transporting It’s about avoiding injury, having proper posture and things to avoid. All this but in practice is known as “kinetic lifting”.

What are the most common manual handling injuries?

  • Back sprains
  • Elbow injuries
  • Muscle
  • Tendinitis
  • Knee injuries
  • Muscle pull and strain
  • Spinal injuries

Slipped Disc Recovery Time

Without any surgical treatments, a person usually needs 4 to 6 weeks to recover from a slipped disc injury. In this period, the injured should avoid intense physical activity, heat/cold therapies, and non-prescribed medications. Maintaining balanced nutrition, rich in protein and antioxidants will increase the rate of tissue regeneration, which will help the injured to recover from the slipped disc injury.

Regular physical activity also speeds up the process of recuperation from such injury. Just don’t do any excessive amounts of exercise. If you’ve gone through fusion surgery, do not smoke at any cost! It may result in a slower healing process or pseudarthrosis.

Always talk to your doctor about your diet during the recovery and don’t forget to mention if you are allergic to any food, this is of great importance for the proper healing process.

Manual handling techniques

How to lift correctly is a question everybody asks themselves when they are faced with having to lift and carry something heavy.

The first and most important things to do are:

  • Remove obstacles, clear the path and open all doors where you’ll be passing through while carrying the heavy load
  • If it’s a long path, make a stop for a break halfway

What technique should you use when performing any manual handling:

  • Adopt a stable position
  • Get a good grip of the load
  • Avoid tilting to the side or backwards as you may fall, drop the load, or injure yourself
  • Keep your head up and look ahead when lifting and carrying the load
  • Keep the weight close to your waist. 
  • Move as smooth as possible
  • Put down the object by bending your knees, not your back

For more details and techniques about safety when lifting heavy objects, see here.

What is the guideline for maximum lifting weights for men & women that you should lift on your own?

The maximum weight, lifted per person depends on several factors:

  • Gender
  • Physical characteristics such as height, weight etc
  • How high the weight is being lifted
  • How low the weight is being lifted

The maximum weight a male person should lift at work is 25kg. This is valid if he’s holding it close to the body at waist height. It also means tasks such as moving a fridge freezer is not a job for a single person but a more complex activity that should be completed by at least 2 men.

The maximum recommended weight for women under the same circumstances is 16kg.

Read more:

How to lift heavy objects.

General rules and FAQs about lifting heavy items.

Leave it to the professionals

This is only the suggested amount of weight. It’s the maximum for people who’re in good health condition. If you’re having health issues, you should not lift such weight. That’s why professional house movers are for. They are trained, experienced, skilled and have the right equipment to help them.

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