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.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
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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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Tyler Lomnicki on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he discusses care of
a man with a disc herniation among other conditions for which The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management of spinal manipulation assisted in his relief.
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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