Lifting an object off the ground appears to
be a simple task for most people. It’s one we do every day typically without question. Spinal Care Clinic hears stories daily about how difficult
it is to pick something up off the ground or how reaching
for a simple pencil up off the ground triggered the
worst back pain. Our Burlington and Hamilton 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 tips in mind can help
minimize stress on the low back.
When it comes to posture, lifting is a known 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 discussed 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 figure into 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 which make 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 following the “calm tissue
down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Spinal Care Clinic usually
looks at each of our Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic patients and offers
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are some methods
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 retrieve 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 an easy lifting
tip we know our Burlington and Hamilton 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 produced lower total and compressive lumbar loads than squat
lifting (except at L5S1 where anterior shear loads were higher) and
freestyle lifting. (3) Therefore slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they are not very strong, Spinal Care Clinic has some exercises
to strength them!)
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Listen to this PODCAST
with Dr. Tyler Lomnicki on The Back Doctors Podcast with
Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes treatment 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 Burlington and Hamilton chiropractic appointment
with Spinal Care Clinic today. When simple tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become difficult, know that
Spinal Care Clinic is available to help find a way to make them
better and easier for you and your spine!
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