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Contributors to Spinal Discomfort

Using improper lifting techniques can lead to back injuries, but other factors can contribute to this age-old problem.
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Poor Posture:

  • When a person is standing, sitting, or reclining, their posture affects the back. Awkward postures increase strain on back muscles and can bend the spine into positions that can put pressure on discs.  Prolonged or repetitive awkward postures creates a greater risk of injury.
  • When standing correctly, the spine has a natural “S” curve.  The ears, shoulders, hips, knees and ankles should be aligned with the spine in a natural “S” curve.
  • Position body against backrest when seated.  Let the chair do some of the work - no slumping allowed!

Repetitive Trauma:

  • Most people think back injuries result from lifting heavy or awkward objects. Many back injuries, however, do not come from a single lift. They result from relatively minor strains that occur repeatedly over time. As people repeat irritating movements, minor injuries begin to accumulate and weaken affected muscles or ligaments. Eventually, the small injuries add up and a more serious injury can result.
  • A specific lift may have little to do with any single injury.  Individuals should use mechanical aids, along with good lifting techniques, whenever possible - and always ask for help if needed.


  • Anxiety and pressure can lead to back pain.  Stress at work or home can cause tension in the muscles leading to tightness and spasms.
  • Although stress is part of everyone’s life, excessive stress may cause backache. The solution is to a balanced lifestyle with time to relax.