November 12, 2010
Dan Williams presents a case for complex weightlifting movements as a safe, efficient and effective method for rehabilitation and prevention of lower-back pain: a proposed treatment methodology and review of the literature.
I propose that the rehabilitation and prevention of non-specific lower-back pain is dependent on the mechanically correct patterning of fundamental human movement. Though not immediately apparent, elements of Olympic weightlifting and powerlifting neatly fulfill this required motor patterning.
Controversial? Perhaps, but there is no place for contrived and invented movements in creating a buffer from injury. These movements are natural and are “no more contrived than a sneeze,” to quote Greg Glassman.
Let me first outline my empirically based philosophies on the matter, then review the literature supporting these concepts.