Did you hear how lifting can be hard on a low back? If you are a Augusta chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You have likely even experienced it personally. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic explains proper lifting techniques with our back pain patients early on in treatment. It’s important to protect the spine while it heals! New studies report 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 Augusta 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 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 lowered by 14%. The researchers are optimistic that such devices could reduce the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For now, Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic focuses on what is accessible today to help our Augusta back pain patients control their back pain once the pain is diminished by controlling their spine-related movements.
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 result in reduced load on the back. The volunteers lifted two kinds 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 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 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 protect the low back. Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic has some other ways to limit lifting stresses on the spine to control Augusta back pain and its reappearance: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It’s 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 shares 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 Augusta chiropractic appointment with Lombardy Chiropractic Clinic. Lifting can stress the low back. Chiropractic care eases the stress on the lumbar spine for back pain relief. Contact us today!