Health Tip: Take Care When Lugging Luggage

By on December 14, 2009

Whether you’re traveling or welcoming people into your home, lifting luggage can be hazardous.

The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons offers this advice to help prevent injury while lifting luggage:

  • Opt for suitcases that are lightweight but sturdy, and have wheels for easier transportation.
  • Pack items in a few smaller bags rather than packing one huge, heavy suitcase.
  • Stand next to the suitcase and lift while bending at the knees — not the waist — using your leg muscles.
  • Hold the suitcase as close to the center of your body as possible.
  • Use both hands, if possible, rather than carrying the suitcase on one side.
  • Keep your body straight, rather than twisting or turning.
  • Don’t be in a rush, and ask for help when you need it.

Source: HealthDay

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