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Tonawanda Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting something off the ground seems like a simple task for most folks. It is a task we do every day mostly without question. Clients at Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation share these kinds of stories daily about how difficult 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 Tonawanda 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 presented 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 appropriate 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 offers its own biomechanical and kinematic patterns for muscle activation which make 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 further recommended working with each individual patient on the proper lifting technique appropriate for his/her body and lifting situation using the “calm tissue down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation typically looks at each of our Tonawanda chiropractic patients and offers ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are some methods 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 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 Tonawanda 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 produced lower total and compressive lumbar loads than squat lifting (except at L5S1 where anterior shear loads were greater) and freestyle lifting. (3) So slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift. (If they are not very strong, Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation has some exercises to strength them!)

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Schedule your Tonawanda chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects off the floor become problematic, know that Chiropractic Spine Sports And Rehabilitation is ready to help find a way to make them better and easier for you and your spine!

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