Weight Lifting

With the trends toward improving overall fitness and trying to achieve the “beach body” seen so often in the media, bodybuilding is no longer a sport reserved for athletes aspiring to compete in the Mr./Ms. Universe contest.

Weightlifters and Cross trainers are notorious for abusing their bodies through training.  They often “work through” pain and potentially further injury.  Muscle strains due to over-exertion and poor technique are extremely common.

One of the most common bodily regions injured in lifting is the shoulder. A common presentation in our office is the lifter that experiences shooting pain in the shoulder. Pain is extremely noticeable while performing overhead lifting activities. A biomechanical evaluation is necessary to isolate the problem. Continuing to workout with this condition can lead to a more severe condition which might require surgery to correct.

The risk of hernias is increased in those athletes who perform lifts under great stress while increasing their intra-abdominal pressure (internal abdominal pressure produced when straining).  Many of the athletes try to protect the lower abdominal area by wearing a weightlifting belt.  When worn properly, protective belts can help in protecting against injury.  Unfortunately, the muscles being protected are exactly the muscle that should be strengthened!  Too often, they are used as a crutch rather than a protective device.

“Weightlifter’s Blackout” may be seen in athletes who inhale and exhale rapidly before a big lift.  This can cause an extremely dangerous situation for the athlete, exactly why an attentive and prepared spotter should always be used.

Thoracic Outlet Syndrome (TOS) may be experienced by those athletes who have over-developed their chest with respect to their back.  Often these athletes feel numbness or tingling in part of their hand.

The Active Release Technique® practitioner diagnoses the exact tissue(s) that are injured and causing the problem(s). After diagnosing the problem,
Dr. Addison physically works that tissue back to its normal texture, tension and length which allows the injured area to return to its normal healthy state.