Proper Lifting to Avoid Neck Pain in Vacaville

Proper Lifting to Avoid Neck Pain in Vacaville

Chiropractic Vacaville CA Proper Lifting to Avoid Neck Pain

When lifting something, people would always think that the lower back would be at risk, but it is worth noting that the neck is also vulnerable. If you are doing a lot of lifting activities, then you should know the proper lifting techniques to avoid neck pain in Vacaville.


The right way to lift in Vacaville

An important reminder whenever you lift something is to keep the object close to your body to prevent your neck and back muscles from straining. As for lifting something from the ground, bend down from your hips and knees, while keeping your body close to the object at the same time.

To avoid stiff neck when lifting, make sure to incorporate these additional tips:

  • Maintain a neutral position for your neck during the lift.
  • If possible, lighten the load or divide the object into a manageable weight.
  • When lifting, use the big muscles of your hips and legs.
  • Find your center of gravity and keep the object you are lifting near there. It is mostly located deep in the abdomen, but it may vary depending on your body type.

More lifting tips to remember:

  • Keep your feet shoulder-width apart.
  • Always maintain a firm grip when holding the object.
  • Do not hesitate to ask for help if the object is too heavy for you to carry.
  • Avoid twisting your body when lifting. If you must pivot, use only your feet to do this and never on your shoulders.

Maintain your "curves"

Your neck is designed to support your body in a natural position. It is best that you maintain that curvature even when you are lifting an object. When you put your neck in awkward position, like bending too forward or sideways, it can cause damage and neck pain. You will know if your spine is in a correct curvature if the ears are in line with your shoulders, and your shoulders are well-aligned with your hips.

If you are working in a job that requires heavy lifting, you can prevent a sore neck by doing some warmups before you work, which is like what athletes do before they compete in their favorite sport. You might also hurt your neck when you lift objects the wrong way when doing your daily activities. The two common causes of neck pain are "shopper's tilt" and "traveler's droop."

You can get shopper's tilt when you carry items on one side of your body for a long period of time. Neck pain caused by shopping can be avoided if you follow the same rules that are recommended for lifting. Make sure to distribute the weight evenly and carry it close to your body.

If you have carried a heavy suitcase at the airport and had neck pain later, you may have experienced traveler's droop. You can opt for a backpack to have an even distribution of the weight or perhaps invest in a suitcase on wheels. That way, any heavy lifting risks can be avoided.

The best way to prevent neck pain and a sore neck is to always think before you lift. Keep in mind to maintain your curves, lift with your hips and legs, and carry the object close to your center of gravity. Hopefully, you can benefit from this but if your neck pain persists, just visit us here at Absolute Integrative Physical Medicine in Vacaville, CA. You can setup an appointment by dialing (707) 474-5688 today!

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