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Chiropractic Care Shares Tips for Lifting Safely to Prevent Back Pain

Have you heard how lifting can be hard on a low back? If you are a West Palm Beach chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You have likely even experienced it personally. Chiropractic Care explains proper lifting techniques to our back pain patients early on in treatment. It’s essential to keep the spine protected while it heals! New studies suggest that back supports and even hand support techniques during lifting can help.

MECHANICAL LOADING DURING LIFTING

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

CHIROPRACTIC LIFTING TIPS

It would seem that there would be a huge 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 during lifting. Interesting! 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 result in decreased load on the back. The volunteers lifted two types of things - a pencil and a crate - off the floor with researchers logging every move and muscle response. Using a hand on the thigh for support while bending for the pencil on the floor reduced 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 protect the low back. Chiropractic Care has some other approaches to limit lifting stresses on the spine to control West Palm Beach back pain and its recurrence: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It is 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 West Palm Beach chiropractic appointment with Chiropractic Care. Lifting can put stress on the the low back. Chiropractic care alleviates the stress on the low back for back pain relief.  Contact us today!

 
Chiropractic Care presents research on lifting’s risks for triggering back pain as well as ways to prevent it.  
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