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Embracing Deadlifts for Low Back Pain & Back Surgery Recovery

6/4/2023


Get ready to have your notions shattered as we dive into the extraordinary realm of deadlifts in post-back surgery rehabilitation! Let's face the reality: after surgery, things tend to get a lot weaker, especially in the low back. But here's the truth -- it won't magically bounce back on its own. Sure, the surgery may have addressed the underlying cause of your pain, but sitting back and assuming everything is fixed without taking action may increase the risk of reinjury.


Ah, the infamous phrases that haunt our dreams: "Deadlifts are bad for your back," "Don't lift more than 10 pounds," or the classic "Lift with your legs, not your back." Let's shatter these misconceptions and unleash the truth. Life is unpredictable. One minute you're enjoying a peaceful walk, and the next minute Grandma takes a tumble and needs a helping hand. Are you really going to let fear dictate your ability to lift her up? I think not!


Every surgery is different, and I acknowledge that. But let's focus on what truly matters: building a strong and resilient back. Injury often stems from improper load management—putting more stress on the body than it's ready for. Picture this: you've avoided lifting anything heavier than a feather for years, and suddenly you're faced with the daunting task of lifting Grandma off the floor. Your weakling muscles protest, and injury becomes a lurking possibility. But what if you had gradually built strength, creating a back that's as tough as nails? Suddenly, lifting Grandma becomes a walk in the park.




Post-surgery, we must be cunning in our approach to load management. We start with light weights or even bodyweight variations, gradually increasing the load while keeping a close eye on how your individual body responds. It's a delicate dance between challenge and caution, ensuring that deadlifts are implemented in a manner that's safe, effective, and tailored to your unique abilities. Maybe don't hop in the gym 3 months after surgery to hit a new PR!


Deadlifts hold an unparalleled power in enhancing functionality, especially in the realm of post-back surgery rehabilitation. Deadlifts bestow upon you a stable foundation for movement. Picture yourself with improved strength, reduced strain during daily activities, and an overall enhanced sense of functionality. It's like becoming the superhero version of yourself, minus the cape.


Rehabilitation is not just about the physical; it's about reclaiming your mental and emotional strength as well. Deadlifts provide a platform for you to unleash your inner warrior, rekindling confidence in your body's abilities. With each successful deadlift, you witness the progress you've made, fueling a sense of accomplishment, confidence, and resilience that extends far beyond the gym.


In this journey we don't walk alone. Collaboration, support, and education are key. I emphasize the importance of open lines of communication, providing clear instructions, and fostering a team approach. Remember, heavy lifting may not always be feasible for everyone, but the ability to lift objects from the floor will always be functional and can provide a much-needed confidence boost.


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