Body Mechanics

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Submitted by: Chelsie Lisa F. Salonga
Submitted to: Prof. Marilyn C. Dulig-Cabanes
2nd yr PD-DLF

Body Mechanics
* The application of kinesiology to the use of proper body movement in daily activities, to the prevention and correction of problems associated with posture, and to the enhancement of coordination and endurance. * The field of physiology that studies muscular actions and the function of muscles in maintaining body posture. Knowledge gained from such studies is especially important in the prevention of injury during the performance of tasks that require the body to lift and move. What are good body mechanics?

Good body mechanics involve moving and positioning your body in such a way as to promote healing and to prevent back or neck injury. To be effective, good body mechanics need to be practiced everyday during all activities including working, resting, and exercise. In essence, good body mechanics are a “prescription” for keeping your back and neck healthy. Some important points to remember are listed below: 1. Keep your body in a balanced, comfortable and aligned position at all times. Movements and positions that cause poor alignment of the spinal column put strain on the nerves and should be avoided. • Avoid straight leg raising. Bend forward from your hips and knees. Bend your knees to bring the foot up for ease of dressing. • Do not cross your legs.

• Do not elevate your feet or legs on a footstool.
• Avoid driving until approved by your surgeon.
• Sit in firm, straight chairs with arms. Avoid soft, overstuffed or low chairs.

2. Arrange work areas so things are above the hip level and below the shoulder level. This prevents bending, stooping or reaching. • Avoid heavy housework
3. Lie down to rest. When lying on your side, keep a pillow between your knees.
• Use a supportive mattress for spinal alignment and to alleviate pain caused by stress on affected nerves.
4. Take frequent walks.
• Use caution to...
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