Lifting and Back Problems


Recent research published in The Spine Journal (2010, 10 (1):26) concluded that more physical loading (pressure placed on the spine from frequent lifting) may delay disc degeneration, the main suspected cause of severe back pain. Studying identical twins where one of the siblings was an average of 29 pounds heavier than the other he found that loading in the form of extra weight was not harmful to the individual’s spinal discs and there was slightly less disc degeneration in the heavier twin than in the lighter one. The researcher stated that the most prevalent source of physical loading on the spine is body weight.

He concluded that routine physical loading within limits is not bad for discs and that those fearful of physical loading activities at home, work or the gym should gradually increase physical loading to strengthen the spine.

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