Southern New Hampshire Back Pain-Preventing Lifting Techniques

May 24, 2022

Lifting something off the ground seems like a simple task for most people. It is a task we do every day typically without question. Clients at New Hampshire Spine and Sport share these types of stories every day about how hard it is to pick something up off the ground or how picking up a simple pencil up off the ground precipitated the worst back pain. Our Southern New Hampshire 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 suggestions in mind can potentially limit stress on the low back.


When it comes to posture, lifting is a notorious 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 points reckon with appropriate lifting for back pain prevention and management? They proposed that the lifting posture right for each person must be individualized as each lifting posture possesses its own biomechanical and kinematic patterns for muscle activation making 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 suggested 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) New Hampshire Spine and Sport usually looks at each of our Southern New Hampshire chiropractic patients and offers ideas on managing and preventing back pain with exercise and other approaches.


There are a few methods that may support us all when lifting. A special lifting trick 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic clients|we can all do! Lifting slowly is another idea that is said to lower loads on the lumbar spine. 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 Southern New Hampshire chiropractic appointment with New Hampshire Spine and Sport today. When simple tasks like lifting objects off the floor become problematic, know that New Hampshire Spine and Sport is here to help find a way to make them better and easier for you and your spine!

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