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Physiotherapists Hate Weightlifting?

I went to the physio today for a non-lifting related injury, and when asked about hobbies she sat bolt upright when I said weight lifting and told me to stop immediately. I gave my stock non-vanity answer of preventing osteoperosis, and she said that bearing weight (running etc) would be better than lifting, and that the human body isn’t designed to lift heavy weights.

I don’t want to doubt this woman’s credentials, but holy shit. From what I hear, this attitude isn’t uncommon. Is this just bad science or what?

Did the people telling you stop weight training look fit, healthy, and strong?

Or did they look like most of them do… sloppy, washed out, chunky, and saggy.

You be the judge.

She is right, lifting weights does all sorts of evil things to the human body such as: improving blood profiles, improving cardiac function, creating stronger bones, improving mental health, improving immunity, making you stronger, making you look good naked, and much more that I don’t have the time to type… evil I tell you, evil.

lol…

just ignore her… that is stupidity at it’s finest.

Most medical professionals are ignorant when it comes to weight training. find a better doctor who specializes in sports injury/medicine

My old doctor gave me the same crap. He told me I should take up tennis (which I happen to play anyway). I have a new doctor now.

Here’s a funny story

My father weight trains in his spare time, and when he and my mother take the monthly trip to the casino, he drops her off at the slot machines and goes to workout in the gym area of Mohegan Sun.

He was doing dead lifts at the gym when some guy on an elliptical machine keels over and hits the floor face first. His face was blue and he had no pulse, in short, he had gone into cardiac arrest. Lucky for this guy, my dad is an emergency room doctor, and rushed over and started to perform CPR on him.

The gym had an auto-defibrillator which was hooked up and used to start the guy’s heart again. A short time later the EMT’s arrived to take the guy to the hospital. He survived in no small part to the role of emergency CPR and immediate assistance.

My father received 10 free passes (worth about $150) in exchange for helping save the guys life. Hit the roulette jackpot and win $10,000 dollars, save a guy’s life and win $150 bucks. What a world we live in.

The morals of the story:

  1. Physiotherapists who recommend doing only cardio and advise against weight lifting are full of shit.

  2. Deadlifting saves lives!

So next time you see your Physiotherapist, give them the one finger salute and goto your local gym and bang out some sets.

[quote]Kruiser wrote:
My old doctor gave me the same crap. He told me I should take up tennis (which I happen to play anyway). I have a new doctor now.[/quote]

Serious? Yeah I’m sure tennis players have wonderful elbows, shoulders, and knees by the time their in their 60s. All those shearing forces and cutting.

Awesome story syncharmony. Imagine the odds of there being an emergency room doctor in the room when you go into cardiac arrest.

Lucky man.

[quote]Tube wrote:
I went to the physio today for a non-lifting related injury, and when asked about hobbies she sat bolt upright when I said weight lifting and told me to stop immediately. I gave my stock non-vanity answer of preventing osteoperosis, and she said that bearing weight (running etc) would be better than lifting, and that the human body isn’t designed to lift heavy weights.

I don’t want to doubt this woman’s credentials, but holy shit. From what I hear, this attitude isn’t uncommon. Is this just bad science or what?[/quote]

If she only knew what constant pounding on the knees does after years of running…

Weight lifting may cause minor injuries now, but they more likely prevent worse injuries later on.

A doctors reply to an injury is to always stop what you are doing. “I hurt myself running” Stop running. “I hurt myself weight lifting” Stop weight lifting. “I hurt myself masterbating.” Stop masterbating, etc etc. My stock in doctors has gone down since.

My doc said something similar. When I told him my main exercise was lifting, he said I should quit and do cardio, because lifting is not something you can do your whole life. Oh really? Then, after he weighed me, he couldn’t stop commenting on how “solid” I was, and how all the people at my bodyweight who come into his office are obese.

Most doctors, esp. older ones like mine, can’t get out of the “low-fat/low-protein/bread as base of the food pyramid/jogging/” mindset, when clearly today we know better.

PS - “Deadlifting saves lives!” -Syncharmony LOL!!!

Running is better than lifting? Haha! Look at the force production one encoutners when he runs, and you’ll see it’s higher than when he squats.

[quote]Tube wrote:
I went to the physio today for a non-lifting related injury, and when asked about hobbies she sat bolt upright when I said weight lifting and told me to stop immediately. I gave my stock non-vanity answer of preventing osteoperosis, and she said that bearing weight (running etc) would be better than lifting, and that the human body isn’t designed to lift heavy weights.

I don’t want to doubt this woman’s credentials, but holy shit. From what I hear, this attitude isn’t uncommon. Is this just bad science or what?[/quote]

It’s just ignorance. Especially as a physio, she should be able to see the value in strengthening muscles.

I’d say she’s assuming you’re a ‘all bench and curls’ guy who will set himself up for injuries in the future with an unbalanced program.

If she won’t even ask you about your program though, and just says a blanket ‘stop now’ then I would find another physio who’s more open minded and more up with the times.

The physio’s in my area are always telling their patients to go to a gym and strengthen their bodies to avoid injury.

Especially out there recommending running instead. Geeez!

[quote]Syncharmony wrote:
2. Deadlifting saves lives!
[/quote]

That right there is my new sig.

I’ll take it one further, my doctor said that the only reason why my knee held together was lifting weights.

Makes me laugh, half the reason I even started lifting was that I wouldn’t end up another one of those old guys with weak bones, barely able to walk, with a bad back and generally clinging on to mobility.

I thought the whole point of resistance exercise is that it increases bone density and prevents the natural muscle wastage that occurs due to aging?

Mind you, it is always a gamble whether you have a conscientious doctor, who actually keeps up with modern research and keeps learning new things. But then I guess that is true in all walks of life.

She’s an idiot. Find a new one.

I had the opposite experience. My physio recommended I start lifting and she even gave me a bunch of movements to strengthen my upper back. She is pretty hot too.

did you get her number fatcat?

Stick with orthopedic docs and physical therapists who specialize in sports medicine. The ortho guys/gals tend to be the jocks from med school, and physical therapists tend to be jocks also. Their goal will be to get you better so you can get back to the gym sooner!

Deadlifting saves lives…LOVE IT!