Nick was referred to us by a physiotherapist because of his debilitating back pain caused by a herniated disc. In our initial assessment we found that nick had difficulty squatting to depth and had pain while doing many lower body assessments. He was also very hesitant with his movements. Taking much longer than what is necessary to perform simple tasks such as getting up off the ground or sitting into a chair. This is caused by the nervous system after severe damage like a herniated disc. The mind tells the body to be cautious with movements to not cause more damage.
Nick was frustrated because this was his second time herniating a disc within the last year. He was also stuck in a office for 80% of his day, which made his condition worse. It was finally time for a change, and after his physio recommended Kraken Training, he went all in.
Because Nick was underweight for his height Kraken Training had to put him in a caloric surplus. Not only was Nick underweight, he also lacked lean muscle mass, which is most likely the reason why he herniated his disc. So, it was crucial that Nick started tracking his calories and immediately started gaining lean muscle mass. Nick went from 194lbs to 223lbs in about 8 months and gained about 12lbs of lean muscle mass.
Kraken Training made sure to work on Nick’s mobility and stability first. During the initial assessment, they found that Nick’s knees would cave inwards during his squat and lunge. This is often caused by lack of external rotation in the hip and also a lack of stability in the foot, among a multitude of other reasons.
Kraken Training began working on this, as well as improving core strength in the deep core muscles. Nick began doing, dead bug variations along with learning proper bracing techniques. Within a few weeks Nicks sciatica caused by the herniated disc began to feel better. And within a year the pain was completely gone, and he was deadlifting well over 250lbs for multiple reps.
Usually when people get lower back pain, they think that they should not be doing deadlifts or anything that might use the lower back muscles. But this is exactly opposite of what you should be doing. Strengthening the back is key to keeping your back safe, and Nick figured this out and as a result is much happier.
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