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Low Back Pain and Weightlifting

weightlifting and low back pain SF

              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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