When done with correct technique and form, deadlifts are the "king of all exercises" as they traditionally say! I highly recommend that non-body builders and non-hardcore gym-goers should also consider adding these potentially powerful exercises to your exercise regime, to enjoy a diverse range of health benefits. This does not exclude those who suffer from chronic diseases or health conditions such as lower back pain, arthritis, diabetes type II, heart conditions, osteoporosis, fibromyalgia, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cancer, high blood pressure and chronic pain.
The key reasons why I believe these exercises are unparalleled in terms of health benefits which are well documented in scientific research include:
1. They work out the most muscle groups at the same time of all strength exercises associated with weights.
2. As a result, they burn significant more calories, saving you time at the gym or at home.
3. They can in fact improve your core stability and posture when done correctly..
4. They can significantly improve your grip strength which results in performing your activities of daily living involving lifting and carrying with more ease.
5. They promote natural testosterone and human growth hormone production, promoting soft tissue healing, bone strength, muscle growth and weight loss. These hormones are critical to the healthy functioning of both females and males.
6. They can improve your running performance and efficiency, improve your ability to perform in sporting activities, even if you are a "weekend warrior"!
7. They provide a healthy stimulation to your neural system, improving your general functional strength and stamina.
8. Interestingly, deadlifts can also improve your cardiovascular or aerobic fitness.
Nonetheless, I do often see presenting at Acland Street Physiotherapy with patients suffering from lower back injuries associated with doing with deadlifts incorrectly - the clinical diagnoses range from muscle strains, sciatic nerve irritations, facet joint sprains, sciatica to slipped lumbar disc prolapse injuries.
There are many YouTube videos available online with "experts' showing how to perfect the deadlift technique however, I would highly recommend that you make a booking with a sports or musculoskeletal physiotherapist. An experienced physiotherapist will perform a comprehensive physical examination on you, take your medical history, before teaching you the appropriate form and technique, that is individualised to your personal needs. Each individual's anatomy and movement skills vary so it is important to get assessed properly by an expert.