Young Chiropractic Shares Tips for Lifting Safely to Prevent Back Pain

June 01, 2021

Did you hear how lifting can be hard on a low back? If you are a Easley chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You have likely even experienced it personally. Young Chiropractic describes proper lifting techniques with our back pain patients in the beginning of treatment. It is 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 is a key risk factor for low back pain. The loading may be due to lifting a heavy or light object that prompts Easley back pain. Much of how the pain comes on is via the response of back  muscles during the lift. Newly designed “exoskeletons” are being explored. They go beyond a back brace but show some promise in reducing lumbar flexion and decreasing the compressive force on the back by 13-21% while bending. Peak compressive force during lifting was decreased by 14%. The researchers are optimistic that such devices could lower the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For now, Young Chiropractic focuses on what’s accessible today to help our Easley back pain patients control their back pain once the pain is lessened by controlling their spine-related movements.


It would seem that there would be a big difference in spine action between picking up a pencil and lifting a crate, but there isn’t much difference when discussing how the low back responds during 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 proposed 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 recording every move and muscle response. Getting the pencil with a hand on a thigh for support while bending over 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 during lifting may protect the low back. Young Chiropractic has some other ways to limit lifting stresses on the spine to control Easley back pain and its reappearance: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It is 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 effectiveness and gentleness of the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with spinal stenosis and low back pain.                                       

Make your next Easley chiropractic appointment with Young Chiropractic. Lifting can stress the low back. Chiropractic care alleviates the stress on the low back for back pain relief.  Contact us today!

Young Chiropractic presents research on lifting’s risks for triggering back pain as well as ways to avoid it.