Better Form And A Visit To The Chiropractor May Help Address Daily Deadlift Woes

Posted on: 15 September 2016

Deadlifts are considered enormously helpful exercises from a strength-building perspective. The deadlift involves lifting weight off the ground through using the muscles in the lower back and upper legs. Deadlifts are commonly associated with lifting barbells and dumbbells, but lifting any prone weight - even light weight - stresses the same muscles. Improper deadlifting in the gym can cause serious injuries. So can deadlifting weight through normal, everyday life activities. A combination of preventive steps and a visit to the chiropractor could reduce the negative effects of daily deadlifting.

The Trash Day Analogy

When trash day comes, two hands grip the handles of a heavy rubbish bin, lift the container off the ground, carry it out in front of the house, and place the receptacle down by the curb. There is only one major difference between how the trash can is lifted and lowered than would be the case with a barbell. In the gym, no one would dramatically increase the chance of an injury by deadlifting a barbell and walk 15 feet before lowering the weight. Taking out rubbish on trash day definitely can put a strain on one's back. Even though the amount of weight may be relatively small, muscles are being strained. Over time, the cumulative effect of deadlifting trash cans - and anything else - could cause back problems.

Two points of advice are worth following by those hoping to avoid injuries:

  • Learn How to Do a Proper Deadlift

Getting basic instruction on how to perform a deadlift properly cuts down on injuries. Lifting and lowering weight too quickly, jerking one's movements, and improper form, balance, and grip all contribute to self-harm. Investing a little time with a knowledgeable person could lead to avoiding these mistakes and, in turn, avoiding injury. Even those who do not hit the gym or lift heavy weights should learn the basics of deadlifting for self-preservation alone.

  • See a Chiropractor Who Specializes in Deadlifting Injuries

Chiropractors who understand problems inherent with deadlifts may be able to better diagnose and treat a condition. Such a chiropractor may even be able to serve as the source of instruction on proper deadlift form. This instruction could include insights on how to modify form for daily tasks and chores.

A Regular Adjustment

Even if an injury has not occurred, seeing a chiropractor once every six months for a checkup and routine adjustment would be wise. Doing so catches problems early and decreases the chances future troubles arise.