Awkward Position


Awkward posture refers to positions of the body while performing work activities that deviate significantly from the neutral position. When you are in an Awkward Position muscles operate less efficiently and more force must be expended to do the task.

Examples of awkward postures is twisting, bending, and reaching, pulling or lifting. Other examples of awkward posture is working with the hands above the head, elbows above the shoulders, working with the neck or back bent more than 30 degrees without support and without the ability to vary posture.


  • Become aware of your posture. Good posture maintains the natural curve of the spine and includes relaxed shoulders that are held slightly back and level, ears in line with the shoulders, chin tucked slightly inward, and pelvis shifted forward to allow the hips to align with the ankles.
  • Sit close to your work and keep frequently used materials within reach.
  • Maintain neutral wrist/arm postures as much as possible.
  • Avoid twisting and bending motions. These types of movements can put pressure on the spine‚Äôs discs.
  • Use both hands instead of one to lift or complete tasks.
  • Respect your discomfort or pain. Change positions, stretch to ease stiff muscles, take a short break or change tasks.
Standing or sitting in the same position for an extended period of time is a common cause of back, neck, and leg pain. Awkward posture often stresses the spine and causes muscle fatigue and pain. A few minutes of walking or stretching will increase circulation and help you feel better and be more productive.