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West Palm Beach Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting something off the ground appears to be a simple task for most folks. It’s one we do every day typically without question. Chiropractic Care hears stories every day about how hard it is to pick something up off the ground or how reaching for a simple pencil up off the ground precipitated the worst back pain. Our West Palm Beach 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 potentially limit stress on the spine.


When it comes to posture, lifting is a renowned 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 set 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 points reckon with proper lifting for back pain prevention and management? They suggested 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 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) Chiropractic Care typically looks at each of our West Palm Beach chiropractic patients and presents ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are a few tips-and-tricks that may support 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 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 as well contrasted with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting tip we know our West Palm Beach 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 larger 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) So slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift. (If they’re not very strong, let’s talk about strengthening them!)

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Schedule your West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Care today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects off the floor become problematic, know that Chiropractic Care is here to help find a way to make them better and troublefree for you and your spine!

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