Wait, are you lifting weights regularly? However, you probably don’t want to get diagnosed with hemorrhoids (or piles). Lifting weights has its own positive and negative effects. It keeps us focused, makes us stronger, and helps to lose weight. But there are many side effects of powerlifting.
Incorrect technique and posture during lifting can lead to pesky piles. So, one might wonder how can powerlifting cause piles? Let us explain.
WHAT ARE PILES OR HEMORRHOIDS?
Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your rectum or anus, which lead to bleeding and discomfort. They are usually caused by straining movements, obesity, or pregnancy. External hemorrhoids can lead to bleeding as well as pain and itching.
1. Profuse bleeding during bowel movements
2. Itching in the anus region
3. Pain in the anus region
4. Sensitive lumps
POWERLIFTING AND HEMORRHOIDS- HOW ARE THEY RELATED?
Sounds weird, but it’s very common for powerlifters to experience this disease. Powerlifting involves your muscles pulling and straining. However, it isn’t the cause- poor technique is. Holding your breath while you pick those weights, puts a lot of pressure on internal organs and rectum.This lack of proper breathing while lifting heavy objects causes strains in our abdomen. As a result, it leads to swelling of veins in the anus region, causing hemorrhoids.
Its always advised to check your posture and breathing techniques. In short, always perform weightlifting under expert supervision.
CAN I LIFT WEIGHTS WITH HEMORRHOIDS?
A clear NO! Weightlifting while suffering from hemorrhoids can lead to chronic hemorrhoids. You should completely stop doing any physical activity that can cause strain. Instead, you can try walking, stretching, and yoga (with precautions) in order to stay fit. Moreover, Yoga can even relieve some of the symptoms.
HOW TO CORRECT THEM AT HOME?
1. Stop weight lifting. As soon as you discover the symptoms of piles, stop any kind of strain. This will worsen your situation and lead to unbearable pain and bleeding. However in some situations, you might have to get them operated on.
2. Sit in a tub of warm water. Luke warm water in a tub and sit on the tub. Remember no to put much pressure on your rectum or abdomen. The lukewarm water will reduce inflammation and give relief.
3. Ice pack. People not comfortable with warm water can also try putting an ice pack on the inflamed region. Wrap a towel on the ice pack and carefully sit on it for 20-25 minutes. This will again relieve you and reduce inflammation.
4. Consult a doctor. Hemorrhoids can be majorly treated at home. But in case the bleeding and itching don’t stop, it is better to consult a doctor or a colorectal specialist who might provide you with proper guidance and measures.
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