Have you heard how lifting can be hard on
a low back? If you are a Auburn chiropractic patient with low back
pain, you have! You’ve likely even experienced it directly.
Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. describes proper lifting techniques with
our back pain patients early on in treatment. It’s
important to keep the spine protected
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 key risk factor for low
back pain. The loading may be from a heavy or light object
that prompts Auburn 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 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 optimistic that such devices could reduce
the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For
now, Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C. focuses on what’s accessible today to help our Auburn back pain patients control
their back pain once the pain is lessened by controlling their
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 discussing how
the low back responds during 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 result in reduced load on the back.
The volunteers lifted two kinds 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 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 while lifting may help the low back. Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
has some other ways to limit spinal stress during lifting to control Auburn 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!
CONTACT Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.
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.
Schedule your next Auburn
chiropractic appointment with Dr. Le's Chiropractic & Wellness, L.L.C.. Lifting can put stress on the
the lumbar spine. Chiropractic care alleviates the
stress on the low back for back pain relief. Call us today!
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