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Back Safety: Standing

Side view of woman standing with ears, shoulders, hips, and ankles aligned.

Good posture decreases back pain by reducing strain on your muscles. Remember to check your posture, using the self-help tips below, every time you move or adjust position.

Standing

  • To help keep your spine straight, line up your ears, shoulders, and hips.

  • Stand with your feet shoulder-width apart. Or, place one foot slightly in front of the other.

  • Keep your knees relaxed and stomach muscles slightly flattened.

Bending over

  • Bend at your hips and knees.

  • Don’t bend at your waist or round your back.

  • Rest your weight on your arms if possible.

Working

  • When standing for a long time, put one foot on a footrest. This may help ease strain on your back. The footrest should be about 5 to 8 inches high.

  • When reaching for objects over your head, use a stepladder. When you can’t, be sure to tighten your stomach muscles to keep your back from arching. 

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Last Annual Review Date: 9/1/2020
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