“No pain, no gain.”
As lifters, we are accustomed to this statement and we live by it. As we all know, lifting comes with both sweetness and pain. You need to experience body pain to appreciate the sweetness of fulfillment. Without body pain, you will never appreciate moving forward from the lightest weight to the heaviest one you are currently handling.
Though feeling body pain is necessary to feel fulfillment, you don’t need to feel pain all the time. If it’s all body pain and less gain, the journey of lifting will never allow us to move forward. So, what do you do when you are in this excruciating situation?
You learn while you get through it! How do you do this?
Finding the Cure to Body Pain, by and for Yourself.
You don’t need fancy machine or expensive medicine to cure body pain. If the pain was caused to the body, the cure will be done as well by the body.
In this article, you will know the tips and tricks to solve body pain in weightlifting. We will help you learn by it and get through it in the best and most practical way you can.
The most common body pains we weightlifters go through are usually in the back, elbow and knee areas. Because the weights we lift are usually concentrated on these areas, they undergo stress, pressure and discomfort.
However, when the pains in these areas are ignored and taken for granted for long, it will usually result to chronic excruciating pain.
If we always think that the area where we feel pain is the one that needs fixing, we are totally wrong.
Keep in mind that our body parts are interconnected. Therefore, if we feel pain on a certain area, the pain’s origin is not necessarily on the area itself.
For instance, if you feel pain on your lower back, the origin of the pain could be on the pelvis. If you feel pain on your elbow, the origin of the pain could be on your shoulder area. Lastly, if you feel pain on your knees, the pain’s origin could be on the hips.
So, what do you do?
For Lower Back Pain: Work on the Pelvis
Lower back pain is usually the most annoying pain a lifter could ever experience. It penetrates down to your spine to the extent that it is hard to focus on doing your routine or even your job. What’s worse is that stretching or moving the area to seek comfort doesn’t do any good!
If you are experiencing lower back pain, the best thing you can do is to work the functionality of the pelvic area. Make sure that your pelvis is put to work by doing straight-leg raise and planking exercises. Soon, you will feel the comfort and ease these pelvic movements do to solve your lower back pain problems.
For Elbow Pain: Work on the Shoulders
Did you notice that moving your elbow to ease the excruciating pain doesn’t work? It’s because you are putting the effort on the wrong area. So, the best thing you could do to ease the pain on your elbow is working on the shoulder.
Contrary to the lower back pain solution, what you need to do with your shoulders is not to move it, but to keep it stable. Doing push-up hold and push-up exercises could help ease the pain on this area. However, you must keep the shoulder steady and stable while doing them.
This does not only help ease the pain currently experienced, but also corrects the issue on the shoulder, giving you pain-free long-term results.
For Knee Pain: Work on the Hips
Experiencing knee pain is definitely a common scenario weightlifters experience. However, the problem is not with your lifting itself, but the way it’s done. The problem could be with how you squat or how you don’t put the hips in motion.
Keeping the hips steady usually takes its toll on the knee area, that’s why you are experiencing pain on the latter part. So, the exercises you intend to do should be about improving your adductors, hamstrings and quads’ function.
Who knew that solving these body pains can be that easy?!
With these tips and tricks on how to solve common body pains experienced in weightlifting, you now know what to do when that terrible moment arises.
Keep the faith and good luck on your weightlifting journey.