Getting low back pain after performing a deadlift is becoming more common with this exercise gaining so much more popularity. This used to be an exercise almost exclusively done by power lifters. With core stability becoming a big buzz word, this exercise is being recognized as a great option.
The ‘Core’ muscles include all muscles that connect to the pelvis. Most importantly, the abdominal muscles and the glutes. The core is the center of gravity and the foundation for all other movements. Keeping these muscles strong can have far reaching health benefits, including helping with back pains. What makes the deadlift so appealing is that it uses so many muscles all with one movement.
If the deadlift is so great, why do so many people hurt themselves while doing it? There are a couple of answers to that. First, most people don’t use correct form and posture. Proper pelvis alignment while doing a deadlift is in between two really bad postures. Flexing or rounding the spine too much places a tremendous amount of pressure on the discs in between the vertebrae. Over extending the spine too much can jam the small joints (facet joints) in the back of the spine.
The next issue can be trying to use too much weight. It can take many months to years to build up to the point of lifting heavy weight. Too often a novice or someone who hasn’t worked out in years will try to lift heavier than their spine can handle. This can be a great exercise, but caution must be taken when starting out. Posture and alignment has to be great, this exercise is one of the least forgiving. Also, using an appropriate
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