Why Do Back Injuries Occur?

  • The lower part of the back holds most of the body’s weight.
  • Every time you bend over, lift a heavy object, or sit leaning forward, you put stress on your spine.
  • Over time, the discs between your vertebrae can start to wear out and become damaged.
  • Every time you bend or lean over to pick something up, you put tremendous pressure on your lower back.
  • Think of your back as a lever. With the fulcrum in the center of the lever, how many pounds does it take to pick up 10 pounds?
  • Will it take more or less force to lift the same 10 pound object with the fulcrum shifted to one side?

Any time you bend or lean over to pick something up, you put tremendous pressure on your lower back.  

To demonstrate this, think of your back as a lever.  With the fulcrum in the center of the lever, how many pounds would it take to lift a ten pound object?

With the fulcrum shifted away from the object, it takes more force to lift the object.

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