Manchester Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

Lifting something off the ground appears to be a simple task for most people. It is a task we do every day mostly without question. Clients at Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries 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 Manchester 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 tips 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-studied. Squat lifting seems to be the one most report is optimal. One group of researchers shared 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 findings contribute to the discussion of appropriate lifting for back pain prevention and management? They proposed that the lifting posture that is proper for each person must be individualized as each lifting posture offers its own biomechanical and kinematic patterns for muscle activation which make particular lifting postures better for particular patients. Researchers explained 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 using the “calm tissue down, build tissue up, improve work capacity” system. (1) Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries typically looks at each of our Manchester chiropractic patients and presents ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are a few methods that may help us all when lifting. A special lifting technique known 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 reduced. 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 Manchester chiropractic clients|we can all do! Another is lift slowly which reportedly lowered loads on the lumbar spinal elements. Stoop lifting had a greater 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, let’s talk about strengthening them!)

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Schedule your Manchester chiropractic appointment with Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries today. When simple tasks like lifting objects off the floor become difficult, know that Manchester Chiropractic & Sports Injuries is ready to help find a way to make them better and easier for you and your spine!

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