If you experience episodes of back pain and you like to go to the gym, it’s worth considering whether the exercises you’re doing at the gym are the right ones, and if you should be modifying your workout. There are certain exercises that you will need to be more careful than others, including squats – can you do them and what are some tips for getting the best out of your squats? It’s probably inadvisable to do a set of squats if you have a back injury like a bulging disc, especially if it’s causing you radiating symptoms into your legs.
With back pain being such a prevalent condition in the UK, we frequently hear questions from patients asking what kind of exercise they can do with their back pain and if they should be exercising. If you have a gym routine and regularly incorporate deadlifts into that routine, you may want to start rethinking doing this exercise if you’ve got a serious back injury like a slipped, herniated or bulging disc, especially if it’s actively acute and causing you a problem. That’s not to say you won’t ever be able to do these exercises again, we’ll get to that, and there is always some kind of exercise you can do even with these conditions.
Seeking help for back pain can be a daunting prospect; whether you’re a long-term sufferer or it’s a relatively new experience for you. It’s likely that your first port of call will be your GP, or if you’ve seen a specialist in the past perhaps your first thought is a local osteopath or chiropractor, but how do you know when your back pain has become a medical emergency?
One of the more common posture complaints we see at the clinic is having rounded shoulders. It’s a complaint that both men and women suffer from, and can be brought on by mistakes made while training at the gym, from weak back muscles, or from repeatedly bad posture while slouching at your desk or at home. So, how do you correct rounded shoulders?