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Heavy Lifter? Chiropractic Can Help!

By Genevieve Cunningham

Lifting. It’s almost impossible to avoid lifting heavy things on a regular basis. Some people choose to lift heavy objects … you know, like weightlifters. They lift in order to sculpt and change the body for the better. Other people may not be keen on the weight room, but they still engage in lifting on daily. Desks, chairs, boxes, even children … these objects are heavy, and over time, they can cause back pain. In fact, any sort of heavy lifting, when done incorrectly, can cause discomfort in the body. To protect the back from the inevitability of lifting heavy, take a look at why chiropractic care should be a part of your normal routine.

Why Chiropractic Care Works

Chiropractors focus on the health of the spine. They look for restrictions present in the vertebrae, and if found, they use gentle manipulation to remove them. This action reduces both pain and tension from the spine, but the effects don’t end there. The pain reduction is often felt in various places around the body, including the neck, joints, and even the head. Heavy lifting (especially with improper form) can cause or exacerbate these restrictions. Counteracting the lifting with chiropractic care is one of the easiest and most effective ways to keep the spine healthy and pain-free.

Other Ways to Help Your Back

While chiropractic care is a great option, there are other ways to improve the health of your back and body without quitting all lifting. Some of these may include:

  • Use proper form - Lift with your legs, not with your back. You’ve probably heard this before, and the truth is that this is excellent advice. Lifting with the legs takes the strain off of the back and puts it into your legs where more brute strength is available.

  • Buy a support belt - If you’re a weightlifter or you lift heavy objects for a living, it might be a wise investment to buy a support belt. This is a strong device that is worn around the waist and lower back. It prevents you from straining your back by insisting proper form when bending or lifting an object.

  • Get assistance - Don’t be afraid to ask for help! If you’re trying to lift something heavy, and suddenly you realize it’s too heavy, put it down and get some backup. This is one of the easiest ways to distribute the weight and avoid injury.

If you would like to try chiropractic care to heal your back and keep it healthy over time, check out The Joint Chiropractic. At The Joint, getting care is easier than ever before. Just use their walk-in visits and affordable pricing to get quality care without the stress and hassle. Lifting can be hard on the back, but with some simple preventative measures, you can protect yourself for a lifetime. Get your body and health moving in the right direction beginning with a quick trip to The Joint as soon as today.

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

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