How To Lift Safely

To lift you want to control both the posture and the ergonomics of the activity.
You want to maintain a Neutral spine posture all the time.   
Your feet should be wide with the knees bent.  The knee caps should be over the 4th toes

Press into the outside 4th toes to help prevent the knees falling in.

The pelvis should be inclined forwards, your buttocks sticking out.

Your chest and rib cage should be elevated forward so as to maintain your spine in the same shape as in standing up straight.

Inhale to elevate your chest and exhale as you slide shoulder blades down […]

By |June 5th, 2014|PT Tips|0 Comments

Reaching Safely

We all reach many more times that we might realize.  Our bodies get really good at reaching.  We reach accurately and often move rather heavy items when we reach.

Reaching requires us to stabilize our spine, move and then set our shoulder blades to make a platform for the arm muscles and hand muscles to move to the object of our reach.

Problems arise when the stability of the spine and shoulder blade are lost if they move too much to assist the reach.  Whenever the shoulder blade moves too far forward or gets more “stuck” to the arm than to […]

By |May 22nd, 2014|PT Tips|0 Comments

Adjusting Your Chair

Here are some recommendations to help you create a healthy work environment for yourself.
Some of our assumptions about your chair, workspace, and sitting:

There is no limiting constraint in the workstation.
Your chair has all the adjustments discussed. If not check to ensure that the ideal adjustment is a given between you and the chair.
Different bodies and different job tasks require prioritizing different adjustments.
There are three kinds of sitting posture, work intensive, attentive listening, reflective reclining.

Adjust the Seat:

Adjust the seat height: goal is feet flat thighs parallel to floor.
Adjust the seat pan depth: goal is 3 finger space between back of […]

By |May 22nd, 2014|PT Tips|0 Comments