Lifting an object off the ground seems like a simple task for most people. It is one we do every day mostly without a
second thought. Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn hears stories daily 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 Ashburn 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 tips in mind can help
minimize stress on the low back.
When it comes to posture, lifting is a notorious 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 did not prevent low back
pain and stoop lifting is not 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 right for each person must be personalized
as each lifting posture offers its own biomechanical and kinematic
patterns for muscle activation making certain lifting postures better for certain patients.
Researchers explained that stoop lifting was more
metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This
set of researchers also suggested working with
each individual client on the proper lifting technique appropriate
for his/her body and lifting situation following the “calm tissue
down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn typically
looks at each of our Ashburn chiropractic patients and offers
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are a few techniques
that may help 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 decreased
low back loading while lifting items of 2 to 10 kg. Trunk flexion
angles were significantly decreased. Compressive and anterior-posterior
shear forces were significantly lower as well compared
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting
tip we know our Ashburn chiropractic clients|we can all do! Another is lift slowly which is said to
lower 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 higher) and
freestyle lifting. (3) Therefore slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they are not very strong, let’s talk about strengthening them!)
CONTACT Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn
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Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes care of
a man with a disc herniation among other conditions for which The
Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management of spinal manipulation contributed
to his relief.
Schedule your Ashburn chiropractic appointment
with Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn today. When simple tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become troublesome, know that
Poulin Chiropractic of Herndon and Ashburn is available to help find a way to make them
better and easier for you and your spine!
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