Lift Posture

The worst thing you can do to your back is to lean forward, bending your back and then turn to lift something. Try never to do this! Always keep a straight back when lifting and if something is to the side of you, turn to face it first, then lift, then rotate your entire body in the desired direction using your LEGS! That's what your legs are for. By lifting with your large, strong leg muscles instead of the small muscles of the back, you can prevent back injuries and reduce low back pain.  People tend to use the back to do most of the work. 

Don’t try to lift objects too heavy for you.  If a load is too heavy to lift alone, ask for help.  Get as close to the load as possible— as if you’re hugging the object. Having the object close to your body put less force on your low back. Keep yourself in an upright position while squatting to pick up.  Lift with your knees, pull in your stomach muscles, and keep your head down and in line with your straight back. Keep the object close to your body. Do not twist when lifting.  Turn with your feet, not your back. It isn't built for twisting from side to side

Lifting with proper posture diagram
Decade 6334 Cadet Back Support
Decade 6334 Cadet Back Support

Ideal for personal and light industrial activities. Spring steel orthopedic boning stays for superior, firm support. The number of stays increases as belt size increases, to provide dependable support for all sizes.

Decade 6334 Cadet Back Support, Black, X-Large

This back support turned my sore back into a pain free zone, and it seems my back muscles are actually stronger from using it.