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Firstly, imaging, such as x-rays and MRIs, to determine the cause of lower back pain is problematic because asymptomatic people tend to have all kinds of spinal degenerations which don't actually cause any problems, with a prevalence of approximately 70% of individuals younger than 50 years of age to >90% of individuals older than 50 years of age.(1) This ...


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I deadlift a heavy set once a week. This does not seem to be helping [my posture and back discomfort]. And why should it? Because if your max deadlift is 60kg then maintaining proper posture against a light load is a large fraction of your strength and therefore can't last long, whereas if your max deadlift is 120kg then maintaining proper posture against ...


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‘The core’ is one of the most ambiguously used, misused, and poorly understood terms in physical fitness. Much of the trouble with this discussion originates from our distinct ideas of what the core actually is, and why (or sometimes even if) it is important. In most of the academic literature, the core is understood to be comprised of three muscle groups: ...


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Basic barbell lifts train bilateral strength for the core sufficiently for most athletics. They do not maximize all athletic qualities in the trunk, nor do they resolve all problems in the trunk, so other exercises are necessary for those purposes. Unilateral exercises, rotational exercises, non-sagittal-plane movements, and just more movement variety in ...


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In case someone with actual nonspecific low back pain read this thread I need to inform you. Not being completely convinced by Dave's argument that increasing 1 RM deadlift will help you I have done a literature search. First of I will mention that altough it is often claimed by physioterapists that tight hamstrings cause lower back pain, there seem to be ...


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Avoiding using your back is a bad idea for managing low back pain and/or sciatica. You should continue to exercise. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00586-018-5673-2 Clinical practice guidelines are in near complete agreement that remaining active is one of the most important means of treating lower back pain with or without sciatica, and bed ...


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Generally speaking the rule of thumb is just to avoid exercises that cause you pain and avoid the obvious ones like deadlift, rowing, and squatting . Otherwise what works for me.. Rest and recover. use a few weeks as back pain and sciatica in many cases in as little as 6 weeks can heal with conservative treatment. If you have chronic pain despite this, ...


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Sorry to hear of your back issues. Have been there with similar issues on my own back. A solid approach might be the following. 1). Use Nutrition to Lose Weight 2). Learn what you CAN safely do and what you should do from a Rehab and Prehab stand point. Fat Loss Nutrition is KING for losing fat. You do not need a crazy fad diet or to completely ...


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I suggest you obtain the books from Stuart McGill. He gives really good (in my opinion) advices regarding back pain mitigation and training. He is one of the few that combines medical treatment with training advices. Usually, traditional doctors will tell you 'It hurts ? Stop doing it' which is not acceptable for someone who enjoys training/performance. Mc ...


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