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Manual transfer without lower back pain

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Due to the fact that not all families can introduce expensive mechanical lifts into care at home, transfering patients manually becomes the next best alternative. 

Several manual transfer aids are available today, including Gait belts, transfer boards, and simple manual lifts. Unfortunately though, due to such products it is well known that manual transfer is one of the main causes of lower back pain in nursing care, therefore it is highly recommended to know not only how to use the tool correctly, but also to know how to use your body correctly.

5 Tips for avoiding low back pain in manual transfer are:

1. Avoid twist motion 

Large spinal muscles are easily strained with twisting motions. 

2. Straighten yourself

While bending in transfer, you run the risk of overstretching or tearing any of the large muscles or supporting ligaments around your spine. 

3. Transfer the center of gravity

You can transfer a patient only when affecting the center of gravity. The center of mass of a sitting patient as well as that of standing caregiver is near one’s solar plexus.

4. Fix the knees of a patient

When the knee of the patient is unstable, the risk of a fall as well as lower back pain of the caregiver will result.

5. Use principle of leverage

Like seesaws, a caregiver can use less force to lift a patent when the distance between the center of mass of a caregiver and the pivot point is longer than that of a patient.

These tips suggest that you should not transfer the patient only by muscular force of the back or arms, but by shifting the center of mass of the two. It may not look easy incorporating some tools, especially sliding type aids, to find the pivot point for applying principle of leverage, but fixing the knee of the patient always serves as the pivot point.  

Energyfront provide handy tools that naturally incorporate the 5 tips mentioned above. A belt fixes the knee of the patient and serves as the pivot point when supported by the caregiver’s knee. By making a patient incline forward and by applying body weight of oneself backward, a caregiver can lift patient up not by muscular force but by weight balance.

Energyfront's transfer aids have the shape of a cushion or a pair of jeans, as universal design products, and so patients are willing to use in daily life, and caregivers can immediately transfer patients without stress.


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