Lifting an object off the ground seems like a simple task for most people. It’s a
task we do every day typically without question. Clients at Wilson Family Chiropractic share these types
of stories daily about how difficult
it is to pick something up off the ground or how getting a simple pencil up off the ground precipitated the
worst back pain. Our Millville chiropractic patients share
common 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 help
minimize stress on the spine.
When it comes to posture, lifting is a notorious 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 group
of researchers presented 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 reckon with suitable lifting for back pain
prevention and management? They proposed that the lifting
posture that is proper for each person must be individualized
as each lifting posture offers its own biomechanical and kinematic
patterns for muscle activation which make particular lifting
postures better for particular patients.
Researchers explained that stoop lifting was more
metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This
set of researchers also suggested working with
each individual patient on the proper lifting technique appropriate
for his/her body and lifting situation following the “calm tissue
down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Wilson Family Chiropractic usually
looks at each of our Millville chiropractic patients and presents
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are some tips-and-tricks
that may help 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 decreased
low back loading while lifting items of 2 to 10 kg. Trunk flexion
angles were significantly decreased. Compressive and anterior-posterior
shear forces were significantly lower too compared
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting
tip we know our Millville chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting
slowly is another idea that is said to
lower loads on the lumbar spinal elements.
Stoop lifting had a larger lumbar spine lordosis range of motion
and created lower total and compressive lumbar loads than squat
lifting (except at L5S1 where anterior shear loads were greater) and
freestyle lifting. (3) Therefore slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they are not very strong, Wilson Family Chiropractic has some exercises
to strength them!)
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Tyler Lomnicki on The Back Doctors Podcast with
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 contributed
to his relief.
Schedule your Millville chiropractic appointment
with Wilson Family Chiropractic today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become troublesome, know that
Wilson Family Chiropractic is ready to help find a way to make them
better and easier for you and your spine!
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