Lifting something off the ground seems like a simple task for most people. It’s a
task we do every day typically without hesitation. Clients at Executive Chiropractic of Iowa 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 precipitated the
worst back pain. Our West Des Moines 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 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 discussed some odd findings
though: squat lift training did not stop low back
pain and stoop lifting isn’t a risk factor for low back pain. How
do these two findings contribute to the
discussion of suitable lifting for back pain
prevention and management? They proposed that the lifting
posture that is proper for each person must be individualized
as each lifting posture offers its own biomechanical and kinematic
patterns for muscle activation which make particular lifting
postures better for particular patients.
Researchers explained that stoop lifting was more
metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This
set of researchers further suggested working with
each individual patient on the proper lifting technique suitable
for his/her body and lifting situation using the “calm tissue
down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Executive Chiropractic of Iowa typically
looks at each of our West Des Moines chiropractic patients and presents
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are a few techniques
that may help 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 during lifting items of 2 to 10 kg. Trunk flexion
angles were significantly decreased. Compressive and anterior-posterior
shear forces were significantly lower too contrasted
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is a simple lifting
tip we know our West Des Moines chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting
slowly is another idea that is said to
lower loads on the lumbar spinal elements.
Stoop lifting had a larger 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) 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 Des Moines chiropractic appointment
with Executive Chiropractic of Iowa today. When simple tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become problematic, know that
Executive Chiropractic of Iowa is here to help find a way to make them
better and easier for you and your spine!
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