Be a Good (Body) Mechanic
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Be a Good (Body) Mechanic

Thursday, January 19, 2023


No, we’re not talking cars here. We’re talking about using good body mechanics and practicing good posture throughout the day to ward off back pain and feel better overall. Here are body mechanic tips you should follow – whether you have back pain or not. 

person walking

Keep your back in the neutral position. Your back shouldn’t be too curved or too flat. When you must stay in one position for long periods of time, take regular breaks to stretch and restore the neutral position of your back.

person lifting a box in a squat position

When lifting, lift with your legs, not your back. This is a good way to prevent a back injury.

person slouching

Slumping or slouching alone may not cause low back pain. But after the back has been strained or injured, bad posture can make pain worse. Practice good posture by keeping your ears, shoulders and hips in a straight line.

person standing straight

Keep your ear, shoulder, hip and ankle in a line. Avoid locking your knees while standing. Place one foot on a low stool if you must stand in one position for a long time. Alternate feet.

woman sitting straight at desk

Use proper sitting posture in your work environment. Sit with your back supported, feet flat on the floor and shoulders relaxed.

a person sitting straight behind the wheel of a car

It pays to have good posture when driving, too. Pull your seat forward so that the pedals and steering wheel are within comfortable reach. Stop often to stretch and walk around.

doctor and patient

Ask your doctor. If you want to know more about body mechanics and how to avoid back pain, talk with your doctor.

Source: Healthwise® 


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