Avoid Lifting Pains
By Rachel Carver
It happens. You look at something, decide it might be awkward but not too heavy, and proceed to pick it up. Your box or chair you're trying to move is heavy. You end up with some sore muscles and wanting help to lift the object.
From bags of pet food to groceries, we are always carrying something. One quick moment can cause strain or injury to the back or joints. If this happens to you, chiropractic care might be what you need.
How Chiropractors Help
Chiropractors specialize in treating back and joint pain. Gentle chiropractic adjustments can address the root cause of your pain. You may be tempted to reach for pain medication, but a pill will only give you temporary relief.
Chiropractors also proactively address issues before they become problems. Properly aligning your body and repairing injured joints improve flexibility and range of motion, getting you ready to lift the next heavy object.
Correct lifting technique can also decrease your injury risk. Your neighborhood Joint Chiropractic clinic has some proper lifting techniques for you.
Make a Plan
You really want to move your living room furniture to clean your carpets. Even though you are anxious to start, plan how you will accomplish this task. Determine what needs lifted and where the items will go to avoid awkward movements. Enlist the help of friends or family members to safely complete your heavy lifting task.
Lift Close to Your Body
Keeping objects close to your body as you lift them will give you more strength and stability. Grip the object tightly before you lift it. Coordinate with your partner so you don't accidentally start lifting before they are ready.
Place Your Feet Shoulder-Width Apart
A solid base will help you lift effectively. Placing your feet too close together will make you unstable. Placing your feet too far apart can limit movement. Take short steps as you lift.
Bend Your Knees And Straighten Your Back
We need to keep our spine in a neutral position, even while lifting. Practice proper lifting technique before you pick up the object. Bend your knees to raise the object, and try to keep your waist and hips straight.
Tighten Stomach Muscles
Keeping abdominal muscles tight as you lift can hold your back in a good lifting position. This can prevent excessive force on the spine. As a bonus, this gives you another opportunity to work on strengthening your core.
Don't let lifting pains keep you sidelined. Head to The Joint Chiropractic clinic near you to find relief.
To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Chapel Hill, N.C.