Every day I see patients at my office who complain of lower back pain. When I ask them “when did the symptoms start?”, it is very common to hear the patient respond “I was bending over trying to pick up (insert any household item) and I felt my back give way”. As the patient begins to explain further into their bending over and picking up process, it usually becomes apparent they do not know how to lift properly to avoid hurting themselves. There are usually several key mistakes most people make which puts them in a vulnerable position and can lead to them hurting their back or even more significant injury.
The number one mistake people make when lifting, it actually involves two parts, is they will have some sort of bending motion at the waist along with reaching out from their body, to the left or right, to grab an object they are then trying to lift and bring closer to their body. Ok, so it was three parts. Imagine you are sitting in a chair and there is a box that is a couple feet in front of you and to your right. To grab this box without getting out of the chair you would bend forward at the waist and twist your upper body to the right to be able to reach the box. The problem is while bending at the waist and twisting, or rotating your upper body, you are stretching your back muscles close to their maximum amount, which makes them vulnerable to injury, especially if the box ends up being heavier than you were anticipating and you have to use those muscles more. Now you are really asking for trouble.
Hopefully you will implement this technique and save yourself from an episode of lower back pain. If you don’t follow this advice and injure yourself, or if you are injured in a motor vehicle accident or while trying to enjoy a fun day on the golf course, Your Pensacola Chiropractor will be here to help!
Dr. Blake Gilmore
Your Pensacola Chiropractor
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