Heavy lifting is a common cause of muscle strain. The time to worry about your back is before you try lifting heavy objects. Focus on correct lifting posture, and try to get help if you have any doubts about your ability to lift an object on your own.
If you're experiencing muscle pain, the way you sleep can help aid recovery. Try lying on your side, curled up, with a pillow between your legs, or on your back with a pillow under your knees.
Correct posture and body mechanics may help you avoid injuries when lifting heavy objects. Before you move an object, make sure you have a clear path to where you are going. Always lift at the knees and tighten your stomach muscles to help your back stay balanced. Follow the same body mechanics when putting the object down.
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