We can all relate to carrying as many bags as possible to save us making another trip from the car into the house. However, is the time you are saving really worth it?
We really are lifting more than we can carry and it is not good for our bodies at all! Lifting more than you are able to carry can cause you immerse strain on your body. Furthermore, with bad lifting technique it can be even worse for your back.
This is not just true for carrying shopping bags. We often carry heavy suitcases and handbags without thinking of the consequences. Lifting heavy objects carelessly can result in strained back muscles. A tear or inflammation can result in severe pain and a long recovery.
According to Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3.7 million Australians reported back problems and it has become the third leading cause of disease burden after cancer and cardiovascular problems(1). With back problems being such prevalent ailment, it is important to make the necessary lifestyle changes to try and prevent back pain:
Clean out your handbag: This is a bit of a tricky one for all us women… Only pack the essentials in your handbag and try and purchase a light handbag not something too heavy. Even better try and switch to a backpack or if you can’t try a cross body bag!
Share the load: if you have a lot of shopping to carry, make more than one trip or ask a family or friend to help you.
Use the correct lifting technique: with your knees bent and your back in a neutral position, lift the object carefully by slowly bringing it towards your chest. Avoid twisting or slouching when lifting and lowering.
Stretch: incorporating stretching into your daily routine keeps the muscles flexible and healthy. We need this flexibility to maintain a range of motions in our joints.
CHIRO CAN HELP!
Chiropractors can help address the strain caused on the body from excessive lifting of heavy objects. Although back pain is common, each patient is different and chiropractors tailor their approach accordingly. For back problems, chiropractors use a variety of non-surgical techniques, such as spinal adjustments or manual therapies. They also advise patients on self-management of pain through exercise, stretching and lifestyle modification. Speak to one of our chiropractors at Unwind about the type of exercise or stretching most suited to your needs.
(1) The burden of musculoskeletal conditions in Australia (2017). Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, www.aihw.gov.au
Chiropractic Association of Australia