Minster Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting something off the ground appears to be a simple task for most people. It’s a task we do every day typically without a second thought. Clients at Minster Chiropractic Center 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 precipitated the worst back pain. Our Minster 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 hints 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-studied. Squat lifting seems to be the one most report is optimal. One group of researchers shared some odd findings though: squat lift training didn’t stop low back pain and stoop lifting isn’t a risk factor for low back pain. How do these two points reckon with appropriate 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 possesses its own biomechanical and kinematic patterns for muscle activation making 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 further suggested working with each individual patient on the proper lifting technique appropriate for his/her body and lifting situation using the “calm tissue down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Minster Chiropractic Center usually looks at each of our Minster chiropractic patients and offers ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are some techniques that may support us all when lifting. A special lifting trick referred to 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 as well contrasted with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting tip we know our Minster chiropractic clients|we can all do! Another is lift slowly which reportedly lowered loads on the lumbar spine. 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) So slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift. (If they’re not very strong, Minster Chiropractic Center has some exercises to strength them!)

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Schedule your Minster chiropractic appointment with Minster Chiropractic Center today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects off the floor become difficult, know that Minster Chiropractic Center is here to help find a way to make them better and easier for you and your spine!

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