Part 3: Promote Neutral Alignment

The following are lifting principles to encourage safe lifting mechanics:

Part 3: Promote Neutral Alignment

Neutral alignment occurs when the spine is held upright, maintaining its natural curvature. This neutral position equalizes the stresses through all structures of the spine. In a position that deviates from neutral, excess stress will be placed on some structures, for example, bending forward increases the pressure inside the disc. The increased stresses on a structure can increase risk of injury to that structure. Neutral alignment can be obtained by keeping the back erect and tightening the abdominal muscles.

This ergo-tip is a part of an ergo-tip series about safe lifting mechanics. Please visit the table of contents at http://www.ergo-motion.com/category/ergo-tips/ for other available posts. There will be one post released every Tuesday.