There is a lot of different information out there on the internet and in the print media about what to do for back pain. Among the common tips is TRX loop training. The main advantages of this type of training are the absence of axial load on the spine (since the work is done with the weight of the body itself) and the active participation of the so-called central muscles, which are intended to “strengthen ” spine.
We found out with our rehabilitation masseuse, TRX instructor, if it is really possible to train with back pain and if there are advantages to training with TRX compared to other types of training (yoga, swimming, gym).
They say that only TRX provides a comprehensive approach to solving back problems, and yoga, Pilates, callanetics, exercise therapy cannot provide a long-term effect. Truth?
This is not entirely true. We cannot compare TRX with yoga or Pilates. First, because TRX is a simulator (like a kettlebell), and yoga and Pilates are complex training systems. These are courses both without equipment and with. For example, there are separate TRX-yoga and TRX-pilates areas.
Callanetics is from the last century, forget that word. Now there are much more useful and effective fitness systems, trends and tendencies.
LFK is a collective term. The same elements of yoga, pilates and exercises with TRX can be part of therapeutic physical culture (LFK) complexes.
In general, there are no canons regarding the fact that some instructions are absolutely safe and effective for back pain, while others, on the contrary, are categorically contraindicated. It all depends on the nuances: what kinds of changes occur in the spine and surrounding tissues; what is the trigger that leads to the pain, because it can hurt in one place, and the cause is in another, which does not hurt.
How, then, to choose what to do with back pain?
It’s not about the flow or direction of fitness. You should look for a specialist who has a wide range of knowledge, knows different techniques at the same time, has experience with people with similar problems.
Don’t just look for a trainer who is cheaper or more expensive, has better abs, or has more Instagram followers. And not the salon closest to you.
With back pain, you need to contact specialists for thought. They have a differentiated approach to organizing training loads, constantly learning new things and developing. There are, trust me! And officially certified TRX trainers are likely to fall into this category. In specialized classes, much attention is paid to the nuances of the technique of working with loops and the mechanics of movements in general.
And the curls themselves do not have magical properties. Just showing up to a class called “TRX” or getting locked into TRX badly and doing an exercise seen on YouTube won’t be a miracle. Moreover, if you do not work properly, the situation can only worsen and lead to back pain.
What is special about TRX?
The special value of training with TRX is that here we do not train muscles, but movements. We improve people’s ability to move, we teach them to do it correctly, rationally, harmoniously, without overloading individual muscles and joints. Due to the fact that many muscle groups are involved in work at once, a large amount of energy is consumed. Therefore, these classes are excellent for maintaining physical fitness and training the cardiovascular system.
The main task of a TRX trainer is to teach people how to move correctly and safely in all three planes. How? ‘Or’ What? Due to the harmonious effect on the body and the correction of incorrect motor stereotypes. TRX gets your joints moving as nature intended. Thanks to this, with regular training, my students become stronger, healthier and no longer feel pain and discomfort in the back.
And what is the main recommendation for those with back pain?
Be sure to move! There is nothing worse for our body than long static positions, and even with the wrong posture. They need to be compensated by physical activities of different directions. TRX is not the only, but widely accepted, great way to do this.
When your back hurts, the first reaction may be to refrain from any physical activity and decide to lie on the couch until the pain subsides. However, in most cases, this approach is probably the worst thing you can do. Physical activity may well help reduce pain, while inactivity will seriously delay recovery.
Training with TRX loops promotes the harmonious and effective development of all the muscles of the body, combining stability, mobility, strength and flexibility – what we all need in everyday life. That is why the TRX simulator will be useful for people with spinal diseases.