Category Archive: Body Mechanics

Nov
12

Ankle Sprains: Part 2 of 2

Photo 1. Single leg stance

Alexa Rzucidlo, SPT3 is a third year doctor of physical therapy student at Temple University (2019) and intern at Mackarey Physical Therapy. She grew up locally in Factoryville, PA. She graduated from Lackawanna Trail High School and Temple University for her undergraduate degree in Kinesiology. Alexa plans to continue her clinical experience at Grand Junction …

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Oct
22

Stay Limber and Stay Healthy

Photo E - Shoulder Stretch

October is National Physical Therapy Month! The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) would like to recognize the thousands of physical therapists as dedicated health care providers. Moreover, physical therapists would like to thank the public for allowing us to participate in your health and wellness. While PT’s may not save lives…we do save LIFESTYLES! This …

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Sep
03

Have a healthy Labor Day

Proper Lifting Technique

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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Sep
04

Happy, Healthy Labor Day

Photo 7-Correct Lifting Posture

Happy Healthy Labor Day! Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in …

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Jul
10

Stand while working!

Standing while studying, working, reading … good for children and adults to learn, work and be healthier! I think we would all agree, technology is a wonderful thing. However, like all good things, it comes at a price. Students and workers alike are suffering from the many physical effects of sitting for too many hours. …

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Mar
13

Spring cleaning doesn’t have to be a pain in the neck (and back, shoulders, etc)

Germaphobes, cleaning zealots, neat freaks, and those with diagnosed or undiagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), this column is for you! If you would rather clean your bathroom floor than go for a walk on a beautiful sunny day, please read on.  If you use a toothbrush on tile grout on a regular basis and take …

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Sep
01

Prevent Lower Back Pain for a Healthy, Happy Labor Day

Since 1894 Labor Day has been designated as the national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many ways. For example, in addition to improving job …

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May
06

Get Healthy and Prevent Lower Back Pain: Part 1 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month

Proper Lifting Technique

Part 1 of 2 for Global Employee Health & Fitness Month May is Global Employee Health and Fitness month.  Research supports the notion that healthier employees are happier and more productive. When employers  encourage healthy behavior and safety at work, they benefit in many  ways. For example, in addition to improving job satisfaction and productivity,  …

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Jul
02

Lawn Care Safety

My wife, Esther, loves to work in the yard! As a Pennsylvania Dutch girl growing up in Lebanon, PA, caring for plants and animals was an integral part of daily life. As for me, I am her loyal assistant cutting grass, mulching, planting, landscaping etc. I too, love the outdoors but I enjoy golfing, running, …

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Sep
20

Women’s Purses and Back Pain

A recent study shows that the average weight of a woman’s purse has increased by 38% and now exceeds 6 pounds. The problem is that carrying a heavy bag, usually on one side of the body, forces the body to tilt forward and in the opposite direction to compensate. Overtime, this change in posture leads to neck, middle and lower back pain.

May
10

Prevent Hand Injuries While Gardening

Summer is finally here and gardeners in northeast PA are anxious work in their gardens and enjoy the fruits of their labor. I have noticed that my associate, Nancy Wesolowski, certified hand therapist, has recently had an influx of patients with hand injuries associated with gardening.

Dec
29

Holiday Cooking Can be a Pain in the Neck: Part 2 of 2

Make your Holidays more enjoyable by following these simple guidelines, which will assist in preventing or diminishing pain that originates from your spine.

Dec
22

Holiday Cooking Can be a Pain in the Neck: Part 1 of 2

This column is dedicated to all the people who will spend countless hours preparing for the holiday season, whether it is Christmas or Hanukah. I offer suggestions for prevention and treatment of neck and back pain associated with these tasks.

Dec
14

Will Santa Bring You a Backache?

Holiday shopping is stressful to your body as well as your wallet. Read on to learn how you can avoid pain and injury this season while on the road, in the mall, and at home.

Mar
08

ERGONOMICS: Part 3 of 3 of ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING WITH LOWER BACK PAIN

Guest Columnist: Janet M. Caputo, PT, OCS Ergonomics is the process of changing your environment to encourage good body mechanics. This can be accomplished by a modifying a tool, work station, counter height, task, or job. Performing tasks within the best work zones encourages safety and decreases risk of injury through facilitating neutral spine postures. …

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Mar
08

BODY MECHANICS: Part 2 of 3 of ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING WITH LOWER BACK PAIN

Proper body mechanics are based on good posture. Proper body mechanics involve maintaining a neutral spine with transitions from one position to another during daily activities.

Mar
08

POSTURE: Part 1 of 3 of ACTIVITIES OF LIVING WITH LOWER BACK PAIN

Research suggests that many spine problems can be prevented with good posture and proper body mechanics. Poor posture and improper body mechanics subject the spine to abnormal stresses that, over time, can lead to degeneration and pain. Good posture and proper body mechanics can minimize current spine pain and prevent recurrent episodes.