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How Chiropractic Care Helps You Avoid Back Injury

By Sara Butler

Low back pain is a cause of a lot of missed work in the United States. Over 30 million Americans have low back pain at any time and it’s one of the most common injuries out there. Here’s what you need to know about why it is so many people injure their backs and how chiropractic can help you to avoid that fate.

Why Are Back Injuries So Common?

The National Institutes for Occupational Safety and Health reports that many factors are to blame for musculoskeletal injuries in the workplace and beyond. But what it comes down to is that lifting incorrectly is a serious problem that happens in the workplace and out of it. Strenuous movements or those that overexert make you a prime candidate for a back injury that leads to pain -- or much larger problems.

Why Lifting is an Issue

The lower back is made of a complicated series of nerves, muscles, connective tissue, and bone that has a limit to what it can do for you. When the limit is reached -- and surpassed -- then strain results. The tissues in the lower back are connected to a lot of nerve endings, and those nerve endings will be irritated by doing too much, resulting in pain.

The reason most people injure their backs when lifting? Well, that’s due to either bending at the waist while picking up something from the floor, or twisting while lifting and carrying something. Think about it: How often have you been guilty of that?

How to Lift Correctly

The chiropractors at The Joint want to help you learn to lift correctly. If you can do that, then you can help yourself to avoid pain and injury. They suggest you:

  • Ask for help if something is too heavy or awkward for you to lift on your own
  • Lift with the power of your arms and legs
  • Keep what you’re lifting close to your body
  • Keep your body facing straight ahead as you lift
  • Pivot with your feet if you must change direction

Your chiropractor can take you through the steps of proper lifting. Once you have that down, then the rest is easy.

If you should injure yourself while lifting, then make sure you see a chiropractor at The Joint to help you get on the road to recovery!

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Weston, Fla.

 

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