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Low Back Pain and Weightlifting

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              Weightlifting and Low Back Pain

We have been providing treatment for low back pain in downtown San Francisco for over 22 years now.

Many of our patients identify weightlifting as the source of their low back pain. Others say weightlifting helps their low back pain. So the question becomes…Is weightlifting good for my back or does it cause back pain?

Well…this is a great question and unfortunately there is no easy answer.

It just depends on your individual circumstances. In general, there is always a point where stress overcomes resistance. No matter how good a shape you are in you can still overdo it. In fact, most of the patients that list weightlifting or working out as a cause of their low back or neck pain are in pretty good shape…they just did too much.

Sometimes we predispose our back to problems and don’t even realize it. There are so many variables. Things like mental stress, which can tighten muscles can make your next workout with weights do more harm than good.

Heck, even a new pair of workout shoes can cause your low back muscles to work differently than they are used to, resulting in post workout low back pain. Traveling, moving, a new chair, a new bed or pillow, and many more lifestyle modifications can contribute to low back pain that you associate with lifting weights.

There are also those that start a new workout (New Years resolutions) that get new low back pain or sciatica. This usually happens because they overdo it or are just too out of shape when they start and they send their body into shock. It’s best to start off really easy and build up intensity and duration slowly over time. Think “long term”.

Sure, poor weightlifting techniques and performing exercises that just don’t work for you will always be a cause of low back pain…but this is where common sense and trial and error come into play. Always test new exercises gingerly. And if you can afford it, hire a personal trainer to guide you along.

In addition, regular chiropractic adjustments from a chiropractor that works-out and treats lots of patients that work out should be very high on your list. Not only will your chiropractor be able to assist you with your workout plans, nutrition, and other lifestyle factors…they will be able to help ensure that you recover quickly from your weightlifting sessions and stay in proper alignment.

Chiropractic is the perfect workout partner!

So there you go. Sure, weightlifting can cause back pain.  But there are many adjustable factors. There are not many activities that give you as many health benefits as weightlifting. It’s worth the effort to figure out how to make it work for you.

To schedule an appointment for low back pain treatment in San Francisco call 415-392-2225. Our chiropractors are all sports oriented and workout with weights regularly. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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When You Are In Shape You Feel Good About Yourself

San Francisco Chiropractor and Fitness Buff Comments:

Working out with Joe Gigantino When you look good…you feel good…and vise versa. And when you feel better about yourself you have more confidence in everything you do. Your earning potential is greater. Your health and resistance to illness is greater. And your life span is longer. These are pretty compelling reasons to exercise and watch what you eat.

I like working out and eating right because I have complete control over both. I decide what I put in my mouth…and I decide if and when I exercise…and so do you.

And the thing is…once you reach your ideal body-weight the right way (not starvation dieting), with the proper combination of exercise and nutrition, your body becomes very efficient at burning calories and fat. You will even find you can cheat every now and then…even 1-2x per week and still stay lean and mean.

And you don't need high-tech gym equipment either…low-tech is fine. Of course going to a gym gives you more options…and if you can afford a personal trainer, that's even better. But the most important thing is to just get it done.

When it comes to nutrition…I recommend The McDougall Program…it's a plant based diet, but it's not "All Or None". The more you do the more you gain. I recommend doing more to get to your ideal body-weight…then tweaking the program to maintain what you want.  

I have been doing what I just described for 25 years and I weigh less than I did in high school and my body-weight only fluctuates about 5 lbs per year. If I cheat I will gain 1 or 2 lbs…then quickly go back to normal in few days.

There are lots of excuses not to exercise or eat right, here are the most common…not enough time, too expensive, my back hurts, too lazy, no matter what I do I can't lose weight, hormonal imbalance, hereditary weight gain, a plant based diet makes me sick, i need lots of meat for energy…and on and on.

I don't know…I think it's all about what's between the ears…making the decision to get it done and then following through with the plan. 

Joe Gigantino If you want to follow a fitness expert that is very motivational, check out Joe Gigantino on Twitter or follow his blog (Joe Gigantino's Blog). Most of his routines are advanced…but the motivational stuff is universal.  

Twitter is actually a great place to follow fitness and nutrition experts. You can follow me on Twitter also.

Anyway…I'm off to workout and do Joe's July 2nd, 2009 'Core Workout' for the second time (my abs are burning from the first workout)…great stuff.

Dr. Eben Davis is clinic director of Executive Express Chiropractic in the San Francisco Financial District. 

Eben Davis

I am a Chiropractor in the San Francisco Financial District specializing in chronic neck, arm and hand pain. I also treat herniated discs using spinal decompression, whiplash, sports injuries, headaches, and Fibromyalgia. My clinic is certified in the use of Deep Tissue Laser Therapy with the LiteCure LCT-1000 for conditions such as shoulder pain, TMJ and Plantar Fasciitis. I have been in practice for over 20 years.

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