Considerations Of Neck Position In The Deadlift

Is there such a thing as a bad position for the neck in the deadlift?  I guess it all comes down to what one is trying to achieve.  As an osteopath who works with clients who are generally either in pain or trying to stay out of pain, I will look to adjust positions in a particular movement or exercise to reduce the likelihood of a complaint occurring i.e. in the image below you will see an extended neck position and a packed (neutral spine) neck position.  For the general public I will always opt for more conservative postures as they are generally not aiming for world records or training in the realms of the 1-3 rep range.  For the competitive lifter, you could argue that you should do whatever allows that person to lift the heaviest weight possible.  However at what expense?  Are we training people for short term results (weeks/months) or are we training people for a lifetime of results?  Just some food for thought from myself as I wait for my next client to turn up.

This article was written by osteopath Heath Williams of Principle Four Osteopathy.  Principle Four Osteopathy is one of Melbourne City CBD leading osteopathy clinics. We are located on Level 4 of 178 Collins St (within Pleasance House) alongside Optimal Health Exercise Physiology.  We have a fully equipped strength and conditioning exercise rehab space with osteopathic consult rooms.  Our team of osteopaths have an interest in manual therapy, strength and conditioning, exercise rehabilitation and ergonomics.  Read more about our team here.  Book an appointment online here or call us on 0396709290 to arrange an appointment.

Screenshot 3 Considerations Of Neck Position In The Deadlift












Getting to Principle Four Osteopathy – 4/178 Collins St Melbourne CBD

Trams – Trams run straight out the front of us, with the closest stop at Swantston st and Collins St.  

Trains – We are a short 5 minute walk from Flinders St Station, Parliament and Melbourne Central train station.

Parking – off street parking is available on Little Collins St, Russell St and in the many parking businesses (Wilsons parking) nearby.