#1 Functional Rehab – Lifting Techniques

     Hello, everyone. This post is the first for my final round of clinicals and I hope to have at least 6-8 posts in regards to all that I’ve seen or learned while here. I am finally out of the state of Florida and temporarily living in South Carolina, a state that is very pro-physical therapy and open to all that our profession has to offer.

     The clinic that I am doing this rotation at is a private outpatient clinic that specializes in an extensive array of orthopaedic conditions, as well as workman’s compensation claims. The staff has a strong passion for functional movements and incorporating those into treatment, which I have come to respect tremendously.

     A majority of patients, whether they have an upper or lower extremity dysfunction, will receive training in proper lifting techniques. Because if you think about, lifting will always involve all of the extremities, whether in stabilization, movement, or a combination of both in order to move something, small or large.

The 3 main techniques include:

      1.     Box Squat

2.     Lunge

         3.     Golfer’s Lift

     The box squat is a position of considerable force production and should be used when wanting to lift a heavy object from the ground.  The most important key to performing this lift, as with all lifts, is keeping the back straight and generating force from the legs.


     The lounge, a staggered stance, is another position that can be used to lift an object from the ground, but also an excellent position to push an object away from your body.



     The golfer’s lift, another multi-purpose technique, is by far my favorite lifting technique to use throughout the day. This can be used when picking up something light from off of the ground, bending forward as if you were to drink from a water foundation, reaching out for something in front of you, and many others. An important thing to note, using this technique when reaching forward will allow you to maintain a straight back and decrease the stress applied to your outstretched arm, but remember to stabilize with your other hand.

Thanks for reading!

- Patrick Berner, SPT