Back Injury Prevention

Your spine is a group of bones in a line in the center of your back shaped in a “S” curve.

There are discs between the bones of the spine that create a space for nerves branching out from the spinal cord to other areas of the body. These discs are made of jelly-like substance inside a shell and allow for movement of the spine.

You have muscles circling the trunk of your body to stabilize the natural “S” curve of your back. These muscles are not made for lifting. The thigh muscles are the major players in lifting and lowering.

Lifting incorrectly, without maintaining the “S” curve of the back, increases pressure on the discs. Lifting incorrectly over time may create micro-tears in the outer shell of the disc, which could eventually rupture.

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