How to Properly Lift Objects to Prevent Back Pain
Many people cannot get through one day without having to lift something. Lifting is also one of the easiest ways to end up with back pain because lifting an object the wrong way can strain your back muscles. If you know how to lift objects properly, you can do a lot to avoid acute back pain. If you do end up with back pain, Dr. Charles at Allied Health and Rehabilitation can help you recover. We have offices in Tallahassee and Quincy. If you need a drug-free, natural form of relief for your back pain, contact us today.
Proper Lifting Saves Your Back Muscles and Ligaments
First, this is how to lift something correctly, you lift with your knees. In other words, you grasp the object securely, either around the sides or under the item, while squatting down. Then you push yourself up using your legs until you are standing straight.
Many people tend to bend down at the waist, grab the item, and then try to lift everything by straightening their back. This means they are using their back muscles to lift the object. That could be a lot of weight and it can strain the muscles and ligaments in the back, resulting in pain. Sometimes this is sudden pain, while other times the pain gradually builds until it becomes noticeable and unbearable.
Improper Lifting Hurts!
Even lifting light items this way can be bad because when you straighten your back to lift the item, you are still lifting the weight of your torso and upper half. Twisting your back while trying to lift something by straightening your back can be even worse since it places more stress on your spine and muscles.
If you stop, squat down, grasp the item, and then push yourself up with your legs, you remove that stress from your back. There is still a little stress since you are holding something in your arms, which are extended out and holding the extra weight. But in this scenario, your back muscles just have to hold that weight steady. They do not have to also maneuver the rest of your body into an upright position.
Contact Allied Health and Rehabilitation for Back Pain Treatment
Whether you hurt your back through lifting something or through another type of personal injury, you need to see a chiropractor for effective pain relief. Contact Dr. Charles at Allied Health and Rehabilitation to schedule a consultation for effective and natural back pain relief. Call our Tallahassee office today at (850) 328-0424 or our Quincy office at (850) 662-1540.