Hi, I’m Dr. Rona Thau, one of your chiropractors for disc injuries at Kinney Chiropractic in Belmar, NJ. And we are doing a series on disc injuries.
Today I’m going to talk about proper lifting mechanisms, because that can save you a lot of time, energy and money if you don’t hurt your disc. You should probably see a chiropractor anyway, but that’s another story.
So there’s proper ways to lift and improper ways to lift. I’m going to tell you a little bit of anatomy about the disc first. The disc is like a little jelly doughnut or an onion right in between your spinal bones. And if you lift the wrong way, your disc can literally pop. And the center jelly can pop out and put pressure on that nerve causing pain and some very severe problems that you don’t want to have.
So how does that happen? It happens really simply in ways that you wouldn’t necessarily think of. One of those ways is twisting, bending, and loading something heavy that twists that back and disc. And if you lift like that, whether it’s a child or groceries or just anything too heavy.
You want to lift like this. I’m gonna show you from the side. So definitely, there’s no water in here. Something’s too heavy, don’t lift it or take two trips. You want to squat gently with your knees behind your toes, your back flat, your core braced. And this would be pretty heavy.
So I would put my hand underneath it, or I’d grasp it firmly from the sides, and use my legs and my buttocks to lift, pressing into the heels. Close to the body, putting it down close to the body. No twisted, flat back and lift.
I’m Dr. Rona Thau, that’s how you’re going to properly lift to avoid you getting a disc injury, and stuff like that. I will see you next time. Bye