I worked in a factory and being young and so sure that I was invincible, I often did my tasks on the job without thinking about the potential for long-term injury to my back. I had to routinely lift boxes weighing 70 pounds or more and one day, I felt that tweak in my back that my older co-workers had warned me about. I never thought I would be looking for a Sacramento chiropractor at the age of 28, but when the tweak turned into an almost-debilitating pain, I had no choice but to see a specialist.
After the chiropractor evaluated me and assessed my pain level and limit on my range of motion, he then did some manipulating of my back and spine. I heard a popping type sound and felt almost instant relief. The doctor explained that while my back felt better, I still needed to take it easy for a few days and not do anything to further stress my back. The doctor also stressed the importance of lifting correctly and to break up the repetitive motion I used in my employment or I would land in his office again.
I took a couple of days off as suggested and when I returned to work, I found I was a bit fearful of lifting those boxes, not fully trusting my back to handle them. Using the chiropractor’s advice, I used my knees to handle the bulk of the work and found that the extra few seconds spent to properly lift made all the difference in the world and did not slow me down in the least. I was also happy to find that for the first time since starting my job, I was not leaving work completely exhausted and only wanting to hit the couch when I got home.