Fort Wayne Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

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.


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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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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