Buffalo, NY Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting an object off the ground seems like a simple task for most folks. It’s one we do every day mostly without question. The Novelli Wellness Center hears stories every day 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 Buffalo, NY 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 potentially limit stress on the spine.

LIFTING TECHNIQUES

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 didn’t stop low back pain and stoop lifting is not a risk factor for low back pain. How do these two points figure into proper lifting for back pain prevention and management? They suggested that the lifting posture right for each person must be individualized as each lifting posture has 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 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) The Novelli Wellness Center typically looks at each of our Buffalo, NY chiropractic patients and presents 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 during lifting items of 2 to 10 kg. Trunk flexion angles were significantly reduced. Compressive and anterior-posterior shear forces were significantly lower as well contrasted with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting tip we know our Buffalo, NY chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting slowly is another idea that reportedly lowered loads on the lumbar spinal elements. 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, The Novelli Wellness Center has some exercises to strength them!)

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Schedule your Buffalo, NY chiropractic appointment with The Novelli Wellness Center today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects off the floor become difficult, know that The Novelli Wellness Center is here to help find a way to make them better and troublefree for you and your spine!

 
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