Lifting an object off the ground seems like a simple task for most folks. It’s one we do every day mostly without a
second thought. Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic hears stories daily about how difficult
it is to pick something up off the ground or how getting a simple pencil up off the ground triggered the
worst back pain. Our Montreal 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 suggestions in mind can potentially limit 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-studied.
Squat lifting seems to be the one most report is optimal. One group
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 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 has 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 further 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) Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic typically
looks at each of our Montreal chiropractic patients and presents
ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.
A COUPLE TIPS ON LIFTING
There are some methods
that may support us all when lifting. A special lifting trick
referred to as BATT (a braced arm to thigh, one-handed lifting
method to retrieve 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 as well compared
with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is an easy lifting
tip we know our Montreal chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting
slowly is another idea that reportedly lowered 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 greater) and
freestyle lifting. (3) Therefore slow down when lifting. Use your quads to squat lift.
(If they’re not very strong, Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic has some exercises
to strength them!)
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Schedule your Montreal chiropractic appointment
with Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects
off the floor become troublesome, know that
Dr. Hoang's Chiropractic Clinic is ready to help find a way to make them
better and troublefree for you and your spine!
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