Has anyone had a herniated disc in their back (mine is L5 S1) and still been able to train clients? If so, how long did you rest it and did you change your training style at all?
I've trained with mostly plyo and weights with my clients and I'm told to train functionally now to avoid lifting and twisting movements. I'd like to hear how anyone else dealt with this.
Thread: Training with a herniated disk
02-21-2012, 04:07 PM #1
Training clients when you have a herniated disk?
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02-21-2012, 07:03 PM #2
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Thing is, everyone is different when it comes to disc damage. Things can look identical person to person on an MRI, but pain can be from a 1-10 depending on each person. So it all depends on you. I did it, just avoided lifting heavy weights and took precautions. Go to a pain management specialist but also read up a lot so you don't get on some high dose of pain killers. I gained a ton of weight during the time off and now rebuilding my body. Long road, but doesn't mean that's you. It wasn't the pain that kept me from training clients so much as the mental stress of the pain in every day life. It's so dependent on each persons injury. PT and making sure you don't create muscular imbalances in yourself from favoring the injury and learning what motions cause the most pain and avoiding those is best option. You can do it for sure but do your research, get on the pain boards, the injury boards and learn from others preceding you and then make a decision.NASM - CPT
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@ Untranslated: That's my opinion, too. Not really sure how I would train a new client because of the need for visual example. People I work with are telling me to talk clients through movements, but if it's a new client they would have no idea what I'm talking about. I think it's one thing to train clients when you have a recovering knee or shoulder (which I've done), but very different if it's a back injury.
I think it's probably best to get to the point where it doesn't hurt anymore and then get back into training slowly. Right now it hurts just to stand through one session.
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Watch Dan John and Mark Rippetoe videos. They coach people without demonstrating the exercises, they just use words.
Being able to demonstrate helps, but it's not essential.Elite coaching is about getting the last 5% out of a person's performance, personal training is about getting the first 50%.
11-22-2012, 11:11 PM #9
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I recently had a ruptured disc in my C5/C6 and it was a pain. I had to put off training for awhile. It all really depends on how it effects the nerves coming out of the spine. I had my whole upper body on the left side pretty much paralyzed cuz the nerve damage. All strength pretty much zapped and my grip, bis/tris, lats, delts wouldn't fire correctly. Slowly but surely it comes back but took 3 months for me to get back into lifting on my normal split. Just take your time and have patience, you don't want to have to have surgery.
11-25-2012, 07:20 AM #11
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I herniated my l4 and l5 a while back, sat around doing nothing for months and they got worse. I suggest making your core stronger, much stronger. Get your hip flexors, and lower back as mobile as possible and load ranges of movement in compound exercises where possible with no pain.average at squats, mediocre at bench, 3xbw deadlift raw/raw full natty.
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