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Fort Wayne Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

May 24, 2022

Lifting something off the ground seems like a simple task for most folks. It’s one we do every day typically without question. Clients at Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc share these types of stories every day about how hard it is to pick something up off the ground or how picking up a simple pencil up off the ground triggered the worst back pain. Our Fort Wayne chiropractic patients tell us 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-documented. Squat lifting seems to be the one most report is optimal. One set of researchers stated some odd findings though: squat lift training didn’t prevent low back pain and stoop lifting is not a risk factor for low back pain. How do these two findings contribute to the discussion of proper lifting for back pain prevention and management? They suggested that the lifting posture that is proper for each person must be individualized as each lifting posture has 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 client on the proper lifting technique suitable for his/her body and lifting situation following 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.


There are a few tips-and-tricks 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 reduced low back loading during lifting items of 2 to 10 kg. Trunk flexion angles were significantly reduced. Compressive and anterior-posterior shear forces were significantly lower too contrasted 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 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 higher) and freestyle lifting. (3) So slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift. (If they’re not very strong, Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc has some exercises to strength them!)

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Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment with Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc today. When simple tasks like lifting objects off the floor become difficult, know that Cox Chiropractic Medicine Inc is here to help find a way to make them better and troublefree for you and your spine!

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