We can all relate to carrying as many bags as we can from the car to save making another trip. However, is the time you are saving worth it? Lifting more than you are able to carry can cause immense 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 handbags and suitcases 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 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 3.7 million Australians had reported back problems and it has become the third leading cause of disease burden after cancer and cardiovascular problems. With back problems being such a prevalent ailment, it’s important to make the necessary lifestyle changes to try and prevent back pain.

Share the load: If you have a lot of shopping to carry, make more than one trip or ask a 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 and flexible and healthy. We need this flexibility to
maintain a range of motion in our joints.

Chiropractors can help address the strain caused on the body by excessive lifting of heavy objects. Although back pain is common, each patient is different and chiropractors tailor their approach accordingly.