The Dead Lift: Good: Bad Or Just Plain Ugly?
The dead lift that most people are familiar with is a weight lifting exercise and is one of the most well-known weight lifting competitions in the Olympics. A dead lift puts tremendous pressure on the lower back and can produce severe and even life changing injury if not done with then proper form and the correct equipment.
Most people that do physical work and people that work in their garden or home do not realize that they do dead lifts much more frequently than they think. Just like a trained athlete a person can dead lift even a fairly light object in their home or at work and cause themselves tremendous pain. Physiotherapy can be the guide to the average person and the athlete as to the proper equipment to use if they do regular dead lifts.
The good thing about dead lifts that are done properly is that the exercise increases strength in almost every muscle group of the body. Proper form is the key to good dead lifts. Athletic trainers and physiotherapy experts have combined their knowledge and expertise to develop the proper way to do a dead lift.
Proper form for a dead lift means that you do not use your back to lift weights or an object. You may have noticed that professional athletes involved in weight lifting use a lumbar support belt. The belt helps keep the back straight and avoids the potential for back injury.
Physiotherapy Cambridge can advise any person that does weightlifting, a lot of physical work involving lifting, or the weekend home improvement hobbyist about the proper way to lift a heavy weight and the equipment that should be used to prevent injury.
Another good thing about a dead lift is that physiotherapy has developed an exercise routine using a dead lift that helps people suffering from severe back pain to recover from their injury and go back to their former active life. The exercises are usually progressive increases in the amount of weight and the number of repetitions that are tailored to each individual’s pain, injury, age, and needs.
The bad thing about dead lifts is that very few normal people know that lifting a weight with their back can cause extreme pain and a potentially disabling injury. Even lifting your two-year-old grandchild up for a hug may produce severe lower back pain that could be avoided with a little physiotherapy advice.
The really ugly thing about dead lift injury is that the majority of people that suffer from lower back pain as the result of a single dead lift or repeated dead lifts just put up with the pain. Many people that work in physically taxing jobs believe that back pain is just part of the job and they never seek the relief that physiotherapy Cambridge can provide.
The plain ugly truth about dead lifts is that most people that have a back injury from doing a dead lift the wrong way will recover somewhat only to reinjure themselves doing the same thing the same wrong way. These people suffer a life time of agonizing pain needlessly because they do not take advantage of the healing that physiotherapy offers for injuries caused by dead lifts.
Dead lifts can be a good exercise if done with the proper instruction, the proper form, and the right support for your back. Dead lifts can be a painful disaster to an average person doing seemingly normal activities that involve lifting weights in an improper manner. The rally ugly thing about dead lift pain is that most people just live with the pain when physiotherapy offers a solution to the pain as well as the knowledge to prevent the activity that caused the pain from troubling you again.
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