ACT Wellness Center

Lifting Pumpkins & Back Pain

Back Pain…Good Grief! Never underestimate the weight of an object, especially a pumpkin. Pumpkins generally weigh between 6 and 18 pounds (2.7 and 8.2 kg), though the largest cultivars (of the species C. maxima) regularly reach weights of over 75 pounds (34 kg). Source: Wikipedia.Before you lift anything, the single most important rule – Never Lift with Your Back!  Lifting heavy objects improperly can put extra serious strain on your back, possibly resulting in injuries, back pain and worse yet, lumbar vertebral disc herniation(s). Here are some great tips when lifting a pumpkin:

Want to learn a bit more about determining the weight of your pumpkin go hereBig Pumpkins is an interactive website all about pumpkins. They promote the hobby of giant pumpkin growing while embracing a culture of fun competition.

Check out the size of this record-breaking pumpkin. I bet you… these guys used a large crane and professional lifting equipment.

Tim Mathison straddling on his 2032 pound pumpkin, at the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park Weigh-off, setting a world record for the Heaviest pumpkin!

This is Tim Mathison straddling on his 2032 pound pumpkin, at the Uesugi Farms Pumpkin Park Weigh-off and setting the new world record for the Heaviest pumpkin, according to the World Record Academy. Congrats Tim!

WOW! That’s a lot of pumpkin to carve up; share some of the things you love….why not try some of these healthy yummy pumpkin recipes. From pumpkin pie, apple picking and jumping in a pile of leaves, there are so many things to enjoy about fall, especially the Pumpkin Patch in Woodbridge. We hope that all of you are having a wonderful October, and may you experience the joy of autumn without back pain.

For proper lifting, spinal health and wellness related questions feel free to contact Dr.  Carmelo F. Caratozzolo, 703-491-9355, www.actwellness.com. Dr. “C” is a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (CCSP). His office address:  ACT Wellness Center, 2894 Garber Way, Woodbridge, VA.