Lifting something off the ground seems like a simple task for most folks. It’s a
task we do every day typically without hesitation. Clients at Layden Chiropractic share these kinds
of stories every day about how difficult
it is to pick something up off the ground or how picking up a simple pencil up off the ground triggered the
worst back pain. Our Plainville chiropractic patients tell us stories like this! Strengthening the quads with exercise as part of our chiropractic services, and lifting slowly and
with a few tips in mind can potentially limit stress on the low back.
When it comes to posture, lifting is a renowned risk factor for
low back pain. Lifting techniques like the stoop/lifting with the back,
squat/lifting with the legs, and semi-squat/a mix of the other two are well-documented.
Squat lifting seems to be the one most report is optimal. One set
of researchers discussed some odd findings
though: squat lift training did not prevent low back
pain and stoop lifting isn’t a risk factor for low back pain. How
do these two findings figure into appropriate lifting for back pain
prevention and management? They suggested that the lifting
posture right for each person must be personalized
as each lifting posture has its own biomechanical and kinematic
patterns for muscle activation which make certain lifting postures better for certain patients.
Researchers described that stoop lifting was more
metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This
set of researchers further suggested working with
each individual client on the proper lifting technique suitable
for his/her body and lifting situation following the “calm tissue
down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Layden Chiropractic usually
looks at each of our Plainville chiropractic patients and offers
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are a few methods
that may support us all when lifting. A special lifting trick
known as BATT (a braced arm to thigh, one-handed lifting
method to retrieve objects with the dominant hand) substantially reduced
low back loading while lifting items of 2 to 10 kg. Trunk flexion
angles were significantly reduced. Compressive and anterior-posterior
shear forces were significantly lower as well compared
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting
tip we know our Plainville chiropractic clients|we can all do! Another is lift slowly which reportedly lowered loads on the lumbar spinal elements.
Stoop lifting had a larger lumbar spine lordosis range of motion
and produced lower total and compressive lumbar loads than squat
lifting (except at L5S1 where anterior shear loads were greater) and
freestyle lifting. (3) So slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they’re not very strong, let’s talk about strengthening them!)
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Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes care of
a man with a disc herniation among other issues for which The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management of spinal manipulation assisted in his relief.
Schedule your Plainville chiropractic appointment
with Layden Chiropractic today. When simple tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become troublesome, know that
Layden Chiropractic is here to help find a way to make them
better and easier for you and your spine!
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