Pensacola Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting something off the ground appears to be a simple task for most folks. It is one we do every day mostly without hesitation. Clients at Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center share these types of stories daily about how hard it is to pick something up off the ground or how getting a simple pencil up off the ground precipitated the worst back pain. Our Pensacola 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 hints in mind can potentially limit stress on the low back.


When it comes to posture, lifting is a renowned 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-documented. Squat lifting seems to be the one most report is optimal. One set of researchers presented some odd findings though: squat lift training did not stop low back pain and stoop lifting is not a risk factor for low back pain. How do these two findings contribute to the discussion of appropriate lifting for back pain prevention and management? They suggested that the lifting posture that is proper for each person must be individualized as each lifting posture possesses its own biomechanical and kinematic patterns for muscle activation which make particular lifting postures better for particular patients. Researchers described that stoop lifting was more metabolically efficient and less challenging to the cardiopulmonary system. This set of researchers further recommended working with each individual client 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) Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center typically looks at each of our Pensacola chiropractic patients and presents ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are some techniques that may help 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 as well compared with unsupported lifting techniques. (2) That is a simple lifting tip we know our Pensacola chiropractic clients|we can all do! Another is lift slowly which is said to lower 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’re not very strong, Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center has some exercises to strength them!)

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Schedule your Pensacola chiropractic appointment with Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center today. When simple tasks like lifting objects off the floor become problematic, know that Pensacola Spinal Rehab Center is ready to help find a way to make them better and troublefree for you and your spine!

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