Lifting something off the ground appears to
be a simple task for most folks. It’s a
task we do every day mostly without hesitation. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc hears stories every day about how hard
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 Fort Wayne 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 suggestions in mind can help
minimize stress on the spine.
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-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 prevent low back
pain and stoop lifting isn’t a risk factor for low back pain. How
do these two points figure into proper lifting for back pain
prevention and management? They suggested that the lifting
posture right for each person must be personalized
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 suitable
for his/her body and lifting situation using the “calm tissue
down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc typically
looks at each of our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients and presents
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are a few techniques
that may support us all when lifting. A special lifting technique
known as BATT (a braced arm to thigh, one-handed lifting
method to pick up objects with the dominant hand) substantially decreased
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 too compared
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is a simple lifting
tip we know our Fort Wayne chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting
slowly is another idea that is said to
lower loads on the lumbar spine.
Stoop lifting had a greater 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 higher) and
freestyle lifting. (3) So slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they are not very strong, let’s talk about strengthening them!)
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Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment
with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become difficult, know that
Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is available to help find a way to make them
better and troublefree for you and your spine!
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