3 Ways Deadlifting Will Fix Your Back Pain  

Longevity Exercise Physiology Drummoyne,Edgecliff,Marrickville,Bella Vista, Randwick, Lindfield and Balmain look at Deadlifting as a treatment for lower back pain.

Chronic lower back pain is the leading cause of disability and regularly contributes to a diminished quality of life for our exercise physiology clientele in Marrickville, Randwick, Edgecliff, Lindfield, Drummoyne, Bellavista and Balmain. The research in this area is extensive, and a significant gap exists between the evidence for treating LBP and the typical treatment methods. Here, we address the upside, downside and some methods for deadlifting to reduce your pain and improve your function.

  1. Prevent recurring acute injury

Through avoidance of hip-hinging exercise, you can chronically offload the surrounding musculature. Important muscles like your glutes, spinal erectors, core (multifidus, transversus abdominus) and quadratics lumborum will shrink in size and capacity. This leaves you at risk of causing injury during seemingly mundane everyday tasks.

  1. Improve movement patterns/lifting mechanics

Movement patterns and lifting mechanics are considered “bad” when they place a disproportionate load on an area of the body that is not designed to handle that load. This is particularly bad if this load is placed on a passive structure. In the case of your lower back, a passive rounding will cause your intervertebral discs to bear a significant amount of load in a way that they were not designed. Disc bulges, hernias, ruptures, etc are likely to happen if the demand is placed on this tissue repeatedly.

  1. Restore confidence

Back pain is a very complex issue to address and often has no physical manifestation. This is why a particularly stressful life events can lead to increased pain sensations and very real disability. With the confidence that you have the ability and the strength to pick up 40kg, for example, you will be much less likely to feel as though 10kg will cause you discomfort under any emotional state.

What now?

There is evidence to suggest that chronic low back pain will respond equally positively to low loading and high loading methods. This isn’t to say you can go in day 1 and try out a new 1 rep max, but with appropriate progressions it can be safe and effective for you to build strength and tolerance to heavy loading with good technique. If you are suffering from chronic lower back pain, the best way to get started is with an individual consultation with an accredited exercise physiologist. For a free 15-minute consult give us a ring and we’ll be able to point you in the right direction.

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Written By Mitchell Hooper


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