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.