Physical Therapy and Lifting Heavy Weights

How to Take Care of Lower Back Pain

Many people who lift weights often experience pain in the back, and many of them say that they began experiencing pain after lifting heavy weights. This is because lifting heavy weights places a tremendous amount of strain on the lower back. Jacksonville Beach Physical Therapy professionals will discuss how to alleviate some of this discomfort and avoid lower back pain by incorporating physical therapy into your workout routine.

The first thing that you should do when beginning a workout routine that involves lifting heavy weights is to get in touch with your physical therapist. Your physical therapist will be able to tell you if it safe for you to continue working out after an injury in order to avoid any further injuries or pain.

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If not, they can also prescribe some exercises and stretches so that you can work on strengthening the muscle groups around the lower back area while taking care of the problem at hand, whether this means avoiding certain types of exercise or modifying existing routines so as not to strain your muscles too much. Physical therapists are great resources because they understand how all of these different activities put together affect one another and take into consideration individual differences among patients who have similar conditions. So definitely don’t forget to talk with your physical therapist before you hit the gym.

You should also keep in mind that not all exercises and stretches are safe for everyone, especially those who have back problems or other conditions like arthritis. For example, if you’re experiencing lower back pain because of a herniated disk then some types of exercise such as yoga may further irritate it by putting additional pressure on the area; whereas someone else might find relief from doing certain poses due to compression caused by their herniated disk acting as an anti-inflammatory agent. So be sure to check with your doctor first to see what kinds of activities would be best suited towards helping reduce inflammation around this condition so that both acute and chronic symptoms can improve without making matters worse.