8. Manage movements
Bend your knees, not your back, when you pick up heavy objects and keep the object close to your body. Make your legs do the work. Likewise, you are much more likely to slip and strain the muscles or ligaments in your back when you are pulling a heavy object than when you are pushing it. And don’t do too much. Combinations of physical movements—such as bending and twisting or lifting and turning—can put even greater pressure on your spine, particularly if you are lifting or carrying a heavy object.