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Body Mechanics for Back Safety

  1. A Safer Way to Get Out of Bed

    Something as simple as getting out of bed properly can help to ease strain on your back and prevent injury.

  2. Back Health: How to Turn Safely

    Although your spine and the muscles that support it are meant to be flexible, it’s important not to twist the spine when you turn.

  3. Good Sleeping Posture Helps Your Back

    Regardless of what sleeping position you prefer, keep your ears, shoulders, and hips aligned.

  4. How to Bend Properly

    Bending properly can help you avoid back strain and injury. Here are some tips for proper bending.

  5. Sitting Pretty: Protect Your Back

    If you must sit for long periods, get up from your chair several times an hour and move around.

  6. Stand Up for Good Posture

    Keep your feet shoulder-width apart, with one foot placed slightly in front of the other. Bend your knees slightly.

  7. The Right Way to Push and Pull

    Pushing and pulling objects can affect your back, as well as your arms and legs. Follow these tips to help protect your back.

  8. Tips for Safer Lifting

    When carrying the load, keep it close to your body. Don’t twist your back—keep your shoulders and hips in line with each other.