3 Curveso The 3 natural curves of the spine allow for great flexibility, but also inherent instability. The spine is most stable when these curves compensate for one another. This compensation occurs when your ears, shoulders, and hips are in a straight line. This is referred to as a neutral spine position.
Lifting Safety Tipso Lifting doesnt have to be a dangerous proposition. Even repetitive or heavy lifting can be perfectly safe when it is done correctly. Utilizing proper body mechanics and lifting techniques is the key to limiting your risk of back injury.
Lifting Safety Tipso Start and stop all lifts above your knees and below your shoulders. (Lifting Strike Zone)o Keep your back straight (neutral spine) during any lift.o Power the lift with your legs.
Lifting Safety Tipso Hold the object as close to your body as possible. (this decreases the stress on your spine)o Avoid rotational movements of the spine during a lift. Use your feet to make your turns.o When given the option between pushing or pulling an object, always push.