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Sitka Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting something off the ground seems like a simple task for most people. It’s one we do every day typically without question. Clients at Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka share these types 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 triggered the worst back pain. Our Sitka 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 potentially limit stress on the spine.


When it comes to posture, lifting is a known 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 set of researchers shared some odd findings though: squat lift training didn’t prevent low back pain and stoop lifting isn’t a risk factor for low back pain. How do these two findings figure into suitable lifting for back pain prevention and management? They suggested that the lifting posture right for each person must be individualized as each lifting posture has its own biomechanical and kinematic patterns for muscle activation which make certain lifting postures better for certain patients. Researchers described that stoop lifting was more metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This set of researchers also recommended 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) Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka typically looks at each of our Sitka chiropractic patients and presents ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are some tips-and-tricks that may support us all when lifting. A special lifting technique referred to as BATT (a braced arm to thigh, one-handed lifting method to retrieve objects with the dominant hand) substantially decreased low back loading while 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 Sitka 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 produced 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 are not very strong, Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka has some exercises to strength them!)

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Schedule your Sitka chiropractic appointment with Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka today. When effortless tasks like lifting objects off the floor become troublesome, know that Arctic Chiropractic, Sitka is available to help find a way to make them better and easier for you and your spine!

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