Back Safety

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 handouts and articles below will help you lift safely and efficiently.

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.

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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:

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Sleeping Posture

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.

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Back Belts

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.

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Why Back Pain Happens

Using improper lifting techniques can lead to back injuries, but other factors can contribute to this age-old problem.

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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.

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