If you are a Personal Support Worker you likely provide personal care services. Repositioning, transferring, and assisting seniors with activities such as bathing, dressing and toileting involve supporting the partial weight of another person, which increases your risk of sustaining a back injury. Here are some tips you can use to protect yourself while handling clients, or performing any other activity that requires lifting, pushing, pulling or bending:
Cow Pose: On hands and knees, inhale and lift head while making your back concave
Cat Pose: Exhale, tuck tailbone, contract abs, and round your back, putting your head down
Child’s Pose: Draw hips back to heels, drop chest, round your spine, and rest your forehead on the floor, arms in front of you.
Do 6 reps of the whole cycle, and rest in Child’s Pose for several breaths
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