Special guest Dr. Clint Sellers of Peak Chiropractic of Raleigh, NC is with us today to show you proper lifting techniques - an essential component of injury prevention in junk removal. Dr. Sellers focuses on the "flat back mentality." You can learn more about Dr. Sellers and his practice by visiting https://peakchiropracticnc.com Also joining us is Brandon Vasquez, owner of Altitude Hauling of Denver, Colorado. You'll be able to find him online at his new JRA website, www.altitudehauling.com, coming soon! Brandon is finishing up his JRA junk removal "boot camp" today in Raleigh. Want personal junk removal training, too? Give us a call at 919-617-1975!

Hi guys! Lee here with Junk Removal Authority! Another great video about coming at you right now this time on proper lifting techniques. We’ve got Dr. Cellos with Pete Chiropractic, just getting ready to show us what needs to be done. I guys, so as Lisa said, we’re just going to go over some proper biomechanics and lifting techniques are guys. So as we said, we’re here to talk about proper biomechanics and lifting techniques and most importantly along those lines, it’s going to be the same whether we’re lifting heavy objects or light objects repetitively. We’re still kind of working with the same biomechanics and the same risks for injury. So the most important thing we really want to focus on is the old adage of lifting with your legs and not with your back. So really important to keep that lower back and mid back straight. Get into a proper squat technique.

Again, whether you’re lifting something small or something heavy. So you’ve got brandon from altitude hauling and Denver here to help show us and proper techniques. We have a link to his website if you’d like to go check it out. So right now we’re going to put brandon into a typical swot form without an object. So go ahead brandon, show us what you’ve got for the swap. And this actually looks pretty good. Brandon’s got pretty flat. Lower back here is about. Needs to toast here. Heads up. This is a really good looking squat for heavy or light lifting. This is what we want to avoid. This position here, whether he’s lifting anything heavier, light, all of his forces coming through this area here. This is a traditional lifting with your back, not with your legs form. We want to have him like he was right here.

This is perfect. So when Brandon’s here in this flux position, if he was to twist his body a little bit, that’s putting him in the most vulnerable position that he can be in when lifting an object. Waited for actually unweighted. So we want to totally avoid that being here, straight spine, flat back, and then lifting straight up with his knees and his legs into that position. So when we’re talking about these proper lifting techniques, the same motions and forms apply when we’re talking about lifting something off of the ground or lifting something overhead into a truck or off of the shelf. So when lifting over your head or lifting taller objects off the floor, still maintain that good squat form with the arms extended and lifting with your legs and not with your back. It’s a lot easier to lose your form when you’re going with those taller objects or lifting something off of a high shelf or onto a high show.

So one other thing to think of guys is when you’re moving something low to the ground, it’s heavy or light and you’re trying to toss it into the truck. It’s very important to remember that flat back mentality because you can put yourself in a very, very risky position when doing so. Brandon’s going to demonstrate for us, this is what we want to avoid that flex back with the twisting motion and the added weight. So Brandon had it right the first time we did this flat back twisting motion. They’re powering through your legs and not through your upper back. Alright guys, here’s an office chair. It’s a great example of kind of that lighter to medium level of weight. So we’re going to demonstrate proper and improper lifting mechanics was something around this size and this shape. So we’ve got Christian here with jumped doctors. He’s gonna Demo for us, so this is a good example of what not to do. Christian got that rounded low back. He’s lifting with his back and not with his legs. So proper mechanics even still here. We want to bend at the knees, getting a good squat form straight back lifting straight up into the truck.

Alright guys, so we’ve got a desk here as an example, as something more along the lines of a heavy object that you would regularly see. We’re going to demonstrate the proper lifting mechanics here. Many times you might be getting busy. You may for the sake of time, try to do one of these by yourself or something similar by yourself, but when it comes to the larger objects is really a minimum of two people for safety reasons and for health reasons. So in a situation like this, we really want to focus on getting low, giving underneath of it, again, in that proper squat form. So we’re going to demonstrate how to lift this from bottom.

So again, Christians got that kind of Nice, flat back, head up, lifting with his legs straight up from that squat position. Great. Again, communication is also key. As you can see, you and your partner want to be on the same page so that one of you isn’t trying to lift way too much. All of a sudden when the other one’s not quite ready. So. All right guys, just to reiterate one last time, we can’t say it enough. It is really all about lifting with your legs and not with you back. I know you’ve heard that your entire life, but that flat back mentality is very important in preventing injury and lifting with proper biomechanics. Whether that’s a heavy object one time or smaller objects repetitively. The same always goes flat back, head up, lift with your legs, and a good squat position. Oh Guy. So hopefully you found this video to be very informative in order to prevent yourself from getting injured and sometimes more importantly, your employees from getting injured because if they get an injured, your worker’s compensation rates go way up. This video right here, you can actually use as a training video for anybody you hire, anybody that works for you, that way we can hopefully prevent back injuries. If you buy a junk removal business package, Dr Sellers will be coming in and and personally demonstrating proper lifting technique. Thank you guys. I hope you enjoyed the video and had a chance to learn a little bit about biomechanics.