Part 6: Pivot From the Feet, Do Not Twist the Spine

The following are lifting principles to encourage safe lifting mechanics:

Part 6: Pivot From the Feet, Do Not Twist the Spine

Rotating the spine during lifting or moving an object puts a rotational stress on the structures of the spine. Repetitive twisting movements create excessive shearing forces on the disc and surrounding structures which can weaken these areas leaving them more susceptible to injury. By turning or pivoting the feet, the large leg muscles are used and the stresses are mostly absorbed by the legs.

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.