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  1. Body Mechanics

  2. Body Mechanics • Terms relating to body mechanics • Body mechanics: using all of body parts efficiently to safely lift and move • Body alignments: refers to correct positioning of head, back, and limbs • Posture: position of body parts in relation to each other

  3. Body Mechanics • Terms (continued) • Mobility: the ability to move • Balance: the ability to maintain a steady position that does not tip • Body support: advise used to support body at work to reduce damage when lifting, moving, and transferring clients

  4. Body Mechanics • Rules for proper body mechanics • Use stronger, larger muscles to perform tasks which require physical effort • When moving heavy objects, try to push or pull instead of lifting the items

  5. Body Mechanics • Rules (continued) – Get help if object feels too heavy to lift – Lift in a smooth motion to prevent injury

  6. Body Mechanics • Rules (continued) • Maintain a good posture • Avoid twisting the body • Bend knees, keep back straight, spread feet about one foot apart – Use leg muscles when lifting

  7. Body Mechanics • Conditions which affect moving, lifting, or transferring clients • Obesity • Fragility • Amputation • Paralysis

  8. Body Mechanics • Conditions which affect moving, lifting, or transferring clients (continued) • Extra equipment needs • Altered level of consciousness • Language barriers • Hearing or vision loss