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Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation 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 Carrolltown chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You’ve likely even experienced it personally. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation explains proper lifting techniques to our back pain patients in the beginning of treatment. It’s important 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 triggers Carrolltown back pain. Much of how the pain comes on is due to how the back muscles act during the lift. Newly designed “exoskeletons” are being explored. They go beyond a back brace but show 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 hopeful that such devices could reduce the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For now, Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation focuses on what’s available widely today to help our Carrolltown back pain patients control their back pain once the pain is diminished 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 isn’t much difference when it comes to how the low back responds while 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 thought that it would lead to reduced load on the back. The volunteers lifted two types of things - a pencil and a crate - off the floor with researchers recording 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 reduced 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. Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation has some other ways to limit lifting stresses on the spine to control Carrolltown back pain and its reappearance: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It’s a comprehensive treatment plan you’ll 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 explains the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with spinal stenosis and low back pain.                                       

Make your next Carrolltown chiropractic appointment with Gormish Chiropractic & Rehabilitation. Lifting can put stress on the the lumbar spine. Chiropractic care eases the stress on the low back for back pain relief.  Contact us today!

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