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Deadlifts as a means of treating low back pain?

Updated: Sep 3, 2020


For years, an argument has taken place between coaches, trainers and healthcare providers alike. Some argue that the deadlift is purely the opposite motion of a squat; similar to how a biceps curl is the opposite of a triceps extension or a leg extension is the opposite of a hamstring curl.

FAKE NEWS!



The deadlift and the squat are two totally different animals.















And while both require appropriate levels of spinal rigidity, hip mobility and recruitment of ALL the muscles;

the physiologic patterning and body control demands differ.


Both movements are excellent methods of total body strengthening but often the deadlift gets a bad reputation as a means for injuring your back rather than being a tool for managing and resolving back pain. This poor reputation tends to stem from the medical community’s advice of “avoid any heavy lifting” when a patient is experiencing low back pain.