Lifting an object off the ground appears to
be a simple task for most people. It is a
task we do every day mostly without question. Clients at Aaron Chiropractic Clinic share these types
of stories daily about how hard
it is to pick something up off the ground or how reaching
for a simple pencil up off the ground precipitated 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 potentially limit stress on the low back.
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 group
of researchers presented some odd findings
though: squat lift training did not prevent low back
pain and stoop lifting isn’t a risk factor for low back pain. How
do these two findings reckon with suitable lifting for back pain
prevention and management? They proposed that the lifting
posture that is proper for each person must be personalized
as each lifting posture possesses its own biomechanical and kinematic
patterns for muscle activation which make certain lifting postures better for certain patients.
Researchers described that stoop lifting was more
metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This
set of researchers also recommended 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) Aaron Chiropractic Clinic typically
looks at each of our Fort Wayne 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 help us all when lifting. A special lifting technique
referred to as BATT (a braced arm to thigh, one-handed lifting
method to pick up objects with the dominant hand) substantially reduced
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 contrasted
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting
tip we know our Fort Wayne chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting
slowly is another idea that reportedly lowered 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 greater) and
freestyle lifting. (3) Therefore slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they are not very strong, Aaron Chiropractic Clinic has some exercises
to strength them!)
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Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management of spinal manipulation contributed
to his relief.
Schedule your Fort Wayne chiropractic appointment
with Aaron Chiropractic Clinic today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become troublesome, know that
Aaron Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help find a way to make them
better and easier for you and your spine!
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