1304, 2015


By |April 13th, 2015|media|Comments Off on Deadlift


‘The best exercises are those which mimic natural movement patterns, like the deadlift.’

Young children typically perform squats and deadlifts without anyone having to show them how. Yet when a deconditioned adult tries to perform these movements, they may feel very unnatural. Many adults have spent their entire life sitting in chairs and cars, avoiding natural movement. Many adults and even school children have done this to the point where they have unlearned instinctive habits like lifting from the hips and legs, and replaced them with lower back pain and hip ailments.

In my experience as an ex personal trainer deadlifts improve your performance in everything – from daily tasks, like picking-up groceries or playing with your kids on the floor—to more athletic tasks, like sprinting and jumping.

When beginning the movement, the most susceptible position to injury will be the bottom of the movement, where the spine is more likely to slump (enter lumbar flexion) and has the greatest shear force on it. Start the lift off a rack or bench if you have flexibility issues.

Begin standing up straight with your hips about shoulder-width apart. The bar should be hanging at arm’s length with the overhand grip. The ability to maintain lumbar lordosis is absolutely the most important factor. Once it’s lost, the movement is over. Re-set and try it again. No exceptions. Your knees begin slightly bent, and the movement begins at the hips as they are pushed backwards, while your shins remain close to vertical and weight remains on the heels. Your back should remain straight and never round. In the deadlift the spinal muscles are trained statically, meaning that there is very little movement in the spine throughout the movement. The bar is lowered as […]

309, 2011

Osteopathy Treats Gym – Weight Training Injuries

By |September 3rd, 2011|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Many Weight Training Injuries are caused by not lowering a weight in a controlled and correct manner. Typical injuries include:

Strain of the elbow and triceps when locking and driving the arm into extension while pressing weights.

Front shoulder tenderness from uncontrolled pectoralis deck machine use, at the incorrect height, with the arm turned out too far (into external rotation).

Shoulder injuries due to gripping the weights bar too wide. Shoulder joint (Acromio-clavicular joint) injuries by heavy pressing. You may also become aware of lower back symptoms, mostly due to incorrect posture and exercise technique.

Osteopathy is great medical path to treat all these types of injuries.