Another day, another potential reversal of long-established medical dogma

One of the biggest long-term problems in this medical business is the firm belief by too many medical practitioners (and way too many non-medical people, too) that there’s a one-size-fits-all solution to everything.

But the real world reveals that far too often, the best way to find out what’s right for you is to go through the much more reliable self-testing approach.

So no surprise, I think, that a new study questions standard advice that’s always been given to people lifting big weights: Keep a straight back and squat.

In this study on 100 volunteers trying to establish why some of them got backpain while lifting, the researchers concluded that “people with low back pain lift in a manner that society perceives to be correct or ‘protective’ of them”, namely that people who got back pain from lifting generally lifted the way we are all told to lift, while those who didn’t tended to lift weights without as much squatting with a straight back as the former.

Or as the authors put it: “It is likely ‘a one size fits all’ approach to preventing and managing lifting-related low back pain does not exist, rather a more individualised approach may be required,”