STEP FORWARD TO REACH
GOOD FORM BAD FORM
An alternative to flexing/bending your back to reach for an object is to step forward. Keep your spine neutral as you step forward to reach for an object to prevent the use of your spine and protect your back. Notice the difference between the two photos. With good form, the back is neutral (straight), whereas bad form demonstrates a flexed back with that nasty “C-shape” that you want to avoid. Cycles of bending forward and coming up, or extending, cause back injuries. Stepping forward to reach is an alternative to flexion and extension of the spine.