The back is a wonderfully designed system for flexibility, weight bearing, and mobility. Unfortunately, because it usually works so well, we tend to neglect its needs. Proper posture and correct body mechanics are important to preserve the health of our back. Lifting Safely "Lift with the legs." We've all heard this before, but proper body mechanics is more than a catch phrase. These steps will help you lift safely and efficiently. How to Save Your Back Here are suggestions you can use every day to maintain the health of your back. Why Back Pain Happens More than 7 out of every 10 adults have experienced significant back pain in their lives. Find out how your weight, fitness level, and posture can make you a back pain statistic. Sleeping Posture We spend almost 1/3 of our lives sleeping, but pay little attention to our sleeping position and bed. Here are some things you should consider before snuggling up. Back Belts You see them everywhere, but do they really help? The answer is not as clear as you might think. Back Packs Are you carrying more than 20% of your body weight in your backpack? Here are some reasons to re-consider what you are doing.
Sitting versus Standing Work
No one will stand all day when they have the opportunity to sit. This is because the body works harder when standing than when sitting. However, work production studies indicate that workers are more efficient when they stand to work. So how do you decide between the two? Consider these general guidelines.
How To Save Your Back
Always try to maintain the natural curves in your back. These curves provide strength and support for your back. This is especially important when lifting or when sitting for long periods.
Selecting and Using Backpacks
Backpacks can cause neck, shoulder, and back discomfort if not selected and worn properly. Here are some tips to follow to avoid problems:
Since the average person spends about a third of his/her life sleeping, bed posture is as important as standing or sitting posture. Your sleeping position, bed, and use of pillows, all determine your bed posture.
Many experts have questioned the effectiveness of back belts in preventing back injuries. There is little scientific proof providing undisputed evidence that back belts reduce the possibility of injury during lifting.
Basics of Good Lifting
Today, forklifts, hoists, dollies and other types of lifting equipment are used to lift heavy objects. However, sometimes it is necessary to load or unload moderate to heavy objects by hand. When that is the case, knowing the proper ways to lift can save you a great deal of pain and misery from a sprained back.