Are You Lifting Too Much for Your Back?

By Genevieve Cunningham

We often hear advice about proper lifting technique. We’re told to lift with our legs, avoid strain on the back, and not to lift more than we can handle. While most of us keep these tips in mind when we’re attempting to lift something extremely heavy, we forget these tips when we’re lifting the everyday items. And many of these items are much heavier than you think! Take a look at these common causes of back pain, followed by how you can keep your back safe amongst the lifting.

Children

Kids are often a lot heavier than they look. And even if you’re only lifting a 15-pound baby, you’re probably doing it over and over again. While you may be a pro at proper lifting technique when it comes to furniture or boxes or other heavy items, it probably doesn’t cross your mind to use proper technique when it comes to your kids. Over time, this can lead to pain in the back and neck that manifests every time you bend or stoop to grab your child.

Bags

Purses full of personal belongings, bags full of groceries, backpacks full of books. We haul around an assortment of bags every day. And most of us give very little thought to the manner in which we carry them. This can cause shoulder pain, neck pain, and pain in the back. While keeping those bags as empty and light as possible will certainly help, you might need additional help to negate the back pain that often accompanies heavy lifting.

Don’t Forget Chiropractic Care

In order to really protect your back, try adding chiropractic care to your routine. Chiropractors remove restrictions from the vertebrae of the spine. When these problem areas are removed, it takes pain and general discomfort with them. A person may also experience positive side effects such as improved sleep, greater focus, enhanced flexibility, a boost in the immune system, and many others. With regular care, lifting no longer becomes a concern. Chiropractors can help keep the spine in better condition, which means less pain both now as well as in the future.

If you would like to try chiropractic care to keep your back in good condition, visit with chiropractors at The Joint. At The Joint, you’ll get to meet with chiropractors who want you to be in your best health. You can also use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to your advantage. Lifting will be a part of your life. Keep your back healthy and pain-free starting with a trip to The Joint today.

To learn more about your health and wellness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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