16 Jun Bodybuilding: Stop doing it if your back hurts
Bodybuilding: stop doing it if your back hurts.
In some cases, bodybuilding-style training for back pain might be holding you back from recovery. For example, some strength athletes who come to me injured assume that ‘going lighter’ and doing SINGLE JOINT ISOLATION BB work will allow them to heal. This is the case sometimes; other times, it’s keeping them in pain.
But bodybuilding doesn’t hurt me.
Also, just because it doesn’t hurt during the movement doesn’t mean you aren’t picking the scab. What do I mean by ‘picking the scab?’ You are creating motions, postures, or pressures that are part of your injury mechanism(s) and delaying the healing of your tissue. The process of picking the scab can be cumulative, meaning it happens over a period of time.
Everyone is different – some can bodybuild just fine.
Some people can get away with doing more and still heal; others cannot. Each injury and its mechanism is unique to the person. You cannot compare your injury to others if it’s not the same. One must also consider the goal and the miles of an individual’s body. Finally, you must make the call or have a professional help guide you. You can book a video call with me here: Video consults with Brian Carroll.
My closing thoughts on bodybuilding
My suggestion is if you still have back pain and you’re training to back off and let your body heal. We outline great ways to restore the spine in Gift of Injury and McGill’s Back Mechanic. I tried to do as much as possible while trying to heal and thought I was OK to continue training as long as it didn’t hurt me at the time, but I always woke up the next day worse. So start as Back Mechanic guides you by removing the cause, then progress with pain-free core work and walking, increasing as your body allows it.