Manual Handling Considerations From Your Boot

In the videos below you will see physiotherapist Wade Brennan of Corporate Work Health Australia demonstrating two different manual handling techniques of a container from the boot of his car.  In one video you will see a more efficient technique for the body which involves getting close to the boot, sliding the box close to him and then lifting.  In the other video (less perfect technique which may increase ones risk of musculoskeletal pain) you will see him reach and lift the box as a deadweight with the object being some distance away from him.  The weight of the box and the leverage effect on his body means his upper limb and spine are bearing the brunt of the load.  Next time you load your boot and unload it, make sure you opt for a technique that allows you to get close to the object and limits lifting of the load away from the body.

This article was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading osteopathy clinics. We are located on Level 4 of 178 Collins St (within Pleasance House) alongside Optimal Health Exercise Physiology.  We have a fully equipped strength and conditioning exercise rehab space with osteopathic consult rooms.  Our team of osteopaths have an interest in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, exercise rehabilitation and ergonomics.  Read more about our team here.  Book an appointment online here or call us on 0396709290 to arrange an appointment.

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Getting to Principle Four Osteopathy – 4/178 Collins St Melbourne CBD

Trams – Trams run straight out the front of us, with the closest stop at Swantston st and Collins St.  

Trains – We are a short 5 minute walk from Flinders St Station, Parliament and Melbourne Central train station.

Parking – off street parking is available on Little Collins St, Russell St and in the many parking businesses (Wilsons parking) nearby.