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Thursday, September 29, 2016

Proper Posture at Work

Our place of work is one of the most common places for people to exhibit poor posture. We can chalk this up to fatigue and poor work station ergonomics, both of which can lead to injuries.

The American Chiropractic Association has the following recommendations when considering the impact of proper ergonomics on workplace safety:
Lift with your legs and don't twist your body when lifting

1- During any work activities, people should be able to comfortably assume a number of different postures and not remain in one position for an extended time. Muscles will fatigue and be more prone to injury when assuming a particular posture, especially a poor one (e.g., partially bent forward at the waist).

2- When performing tasks, it is important to keep the joints either in their neutral posture or approximately halfway into the range of motion. Working with your joints at the extremes of their ranges of motion for prolonged periods places abnormal stresses on them and can cause repetitive stress injuries.  (

Lifting improperly is one of the most common ways we see people injure their low back. Below are a few tips to help you maintain proper posture while lifting and prevent injuries: 
  1. Plan ahead before lifting.  
      1. Clear a path, and make sure that you know about how much the object weighs before you start lifting.
  2. Lift close to your body.  
      1. Do not hold heavy items lower than about mid-thigh or higher than the shoulders.  Do not reach out when lifting. 
  3. Keep your feet shoulder width apart.
  4. Tighten your stomach muscles.   
      1. Tightening your abdominal muscles will hold your back in a good lifting position and will help prevent excessive force on the spine. 
  5. Keep your back straight.  
  6. Lift with your legs. 
  7. If you are straining to lift something, get help.

Ultimately, make sure you are taking care of your body. Our goal at Christopher Chiropractic is to make sure you move better, feel better and enjoy life!