Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Shares Tips for Lifting Safely to Prevent Back Pain06/01/2021Have you heard how lifting can be hard on a low back? If you are a Fort Wayne chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You have likely even experienced it personally. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc describes proper lifting techniques to our back pain patients early on in treatment. It is important to keep the spine protected while it heals! New studies suggest that back supports and even hand support techniques during lifting can help. MECHANICAL LOADING DURING LIFTING Mechanical loading is a key risk factor for low back pain. The loading may be due to lifting a heavy or light object that prompts Fort Wayne back pain. Much of how the pain comes on is due to how the back muscles act during the lift. Newly designed “exoskeletons” are being tried. They go beyond a back brace but show some promise in reducing lumbar flexion and decreasing the compressive force on the back by 13-21% while bending. Peak compressive force during lifting was decreased by 14%. The researchers are hopeful that such devices could reduce the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For now, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc focuses on what is available widely today to help our Fort Wayne back pain patients control their back pain once the pain is lessened by controlling their spine-related movements. CHIROPRACTIC LIFTING TIPS It would seem that there would be a huge difference in spine action between picking up a pencil and lifting a crate, but there is not much difference when discussing how the low back responds during lifting. Interesting! Researchers wanted to see if the common way most people pick things up off the floor – with a hand on a thigh for support – made a difference. They proposed that it would result in decreased load on the back. The volunteers lifted two kinds of things - a pencil and a crate - off the floor with researchers recording every move and muscle response. Using a hand on the thigh for support while reaching for the pencil on the floor reduced the average peak total stresses by 17 to 25% (depending on the lifting method). Hand support while lifting the crate dropped the peak total stresses by 13-19% for one-handed lifting and 14-26% for two-handed lifting. (2) Hand support while lifting may protect the low back. Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc has some other approaches to limit lifting stresses on the spine to control Fort Wayne back pain and its reappearance: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It’s a comprehensive treatment plan you will want to embrace! CONTACT Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Matthew Alexander on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he explains the effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with spinal stenosis and low back pain. Make your next Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc. Lifting can put stress on the the lumbar spine. Chiropractic care alleviates the stress on the lumbar spine for back pain relief. Call us today! « View All Spine Articles"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."