Fort Wayne Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques05/24/2022Lifting 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. LIFTING TECHNIQUES 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!) CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc 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 issues for which The Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management of spinal manipulation contributed to his relief. 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! « View All Featured Exercises"This information and website content is not intended to diagnose, guarantee results, or recommend specific treatment or activity. It is designed to educate and inform only. Please consult your physician for a thorough examination leading to a diagnosis and well-planned treatment strategy. See more details on the DISCLAIMER page. Content is reviewed by Dr. James M. Cox I."