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Moriarty Chiropractic Shares Tips for Lifting Safely to Prevent Back Pain

June 01, 2021

Have you heard how lifting can be hard on a low back? If you are a Nashua chiropractic patient with low back pain, you have! You have likely even experienced it personally. Moriarty Chiropractic describes proper lifting techniques to our back pain patients early on in treatment. It is essential to keep the spine protected while it heals! New studies report that back supports and even hand support techniques during lifting can help.


Mechanical loading is a major risk factor for low back pain. The loading may be due to lifting a heavy or light object that prompts Nashua 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 demonstrate some promise in decreasing lumbar flexion and lowering the compressive force on the back by 13-21% while bending. Peak compressive force during lifting was reduced by 14%. The researchers are hopeful that such devices could lower the risk of compression-related tissue failure during lifting. (1) For now, Moriarty Chiropractic focuses on what’s available widely today to help our Nashua back pain patients control their back pain once the pain is lessened by controlling their spine-related motions.


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 it comes to how the low back responds while lifting. Interesting! Researchers explored how most people pick things up off the floor – with a hand on a thigh for support – made a difference. They thought that it would lead to reduced load on the back. The volunteers lifted two kinds of things - a pencil and a crate - off the floor with researchers logging every move and muscle response. Using a hand on the thigh for support while reaching for the pencil on the floor 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 help the low back. Moriarty Chiropractic has some other ways to limit spinal stress during lifting to control Nashua back pain and its recurrence: support belts to exercise to spinal manipulation to back school. It is a comprehensive treatment plan you’ll 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 describes the effective, gentle treatment with the Cox® Technic System of Spinal Pain Management for his patient with spinal stenosis and low back pain.                                       

Make your next Nashua chiropractic appointment with Moriarty Chiropractic. Lifting can stress the low back. Chiropractic care eases the stress on the low back for back pain relief.  Call us today!

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