Palmer Chiropractic Center Shares Tips for Lifting Safely to Prevent Back Pain

Did you hear how lifting can be hard on a low back? If you are a Lynchburg chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You have likely even experienced it personally. Palmer Chiropractic Center describes proper lifting techniques with our back pain patients early on in treatment. It is essential to protect the spine while it heals! New studies suggest that back supports and even hand support techniques while lifting can help.

MECHANICAL LOADING DURING LIFTING

Mechanical loading is a major risk factor for low back pain. The loading may be due to lifting a heavy or light object that prompts Lynchburg back pain. Much of how the pain comes on is via the response of back  muscles during the lift. Newly designed “exoskeletons” are being tried. They go beyond a back brace but demonstrate some promise in decreasing lumbar flexion and lowering the compressive force on the back by 13-21% while bending. Peak compressive force during lifting was decreased by 14%. The researchers are optimistic that such devices could lower the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For now, Palmer Chiropractic Center focuses on what’s available widely today to help our Lynchburg back pain patients control their back pain once the pain is diminished by controlling their spine-related movements.

CHIROPRACTIC LIFTING TIPS

It would seem that there would be a big difference in spine action between picking up a pencil and lifting a crate, but there is not much difference when it comes to how the low back responds while lifting. Crazy! Researchers wanted to see if the common way most people pick things up off the floor – with a hand on a thigh for support – made a difference. They proposed that it would lead to reduced load on the back. The volunteers lifted two kinds of things - a pencil and a crate - off the floor with researchers noting every move and muscle response. Using a hand on the thigh for support while reaching for the pencil on the floor decreased the average peak total stresses by 17 to 25% (depending on the lifting method). Hand support while lifting the crate dropped the peak total stresses by 13-19% for one-handed lifting and 14-26% for two-handed lifting. (2) Hand support during lifting may help the low back. Palmer Chiropractic Center has some other approaches to limit spinal stress during lifting to control Lynchburg back pain and its recurrence: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It’s a comprehensive treatment plan you will want to embrace!

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Listen to the PODCAST with Dr. Matthew Alexander on the Back Doctors Podcast with Dr. Michael Johnson as he describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with spinal stenosis and low back pain.                                       

Schedule your next Lynchburg chiropractic appointment with Palmer Chiropractic Center. Lifting can put stress on the the low back. Chiropractic care eases the stress on the lumbar spine for back pain relief.  Contact us today!

 
Palmer Chiropractic Center presents research on lifting’s risks for triggering back pain as well as ways to avoid it.  
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