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Proper body mechanics help you avoid back strain.
- Bend with your knees, not your back.
- Lift with your legs.
- Lift object only chest-high.
- Be sure of footing.
Standing and Walking
- Stand with one foot up;change position often.
- Stand with your back’s three natural curves in their normal, balanced alignment.
- Walk with head high, chin tucked in, toes straight ahead.
- Wear comfortable, low-heeled shoes.
- Move car seat forward to keep knees level with hips.
- Sit straight, drive with both hands on wheel
- Support lower back with lumbar support or rolled-up towel behind you back.
- Sit in chair low enough to place both feet flat on the floor with knees level with hips.
- Sit firmly against back of chair.
- Support lower back with lumbar support or rolled up towel.
- Sleep on a firm mattress.
- Sleep on your side with knees bent and pillow between your legs, or on your back with a pillow under your knees.