Injury Active’s clinic at Lift Off Crossfit, Bishops Stortford will now be run by our new graduate sports therapist, Jessica. As many of you are aware, finding the right therapist to run the clinic on a full time basis has been a very long and “picky” process.
A very warm welcome to Jessica and we look forward to moving forward together!
Jessica has written a short bio below so feel free get to know your therapist!
Most of us “crossfitters” know how debilitating shoulder pain can be. From sub acromial pain to labral tears – both of which can take a long time to fix either through physiotherapy, exercise rehabilitation or surgical intervention.
The best strategy for injury rehab? Prevention of injuries through PREhabilitation.
- Strengthen the weaknesses
- Increase movement at the stiff segments
- Gain control where you lack it
Prior to training, especially with load overhead we need to get the shoulder warm and switched on neurally. We should aim to increase all of the aforementioned aspects but not to fatigue. Fatigue prior to training will put us at a greater risk of injury.
This Acupuncture case study explores the current research available to support acupuncture as an adjunct to Physiotherapy/Sports therapy when treating unilateral shoulder pain.
Patient X was convinced only surgical intervention would resolve her pain due to previous negative experiences with Physiotherapy.
Treatment included Acupuncture to desensitise local tissues and normalise afferent input, as well as dry needling to eliminate active trigger points. Rehabilitation involved posture related exercises and scapula stability strengthening to address the predisposing factors to pain, as well as preventing reoccurrence of future episodes. Patient X became receptive to Physiotherapy intervention and was able return to work.
I know coming to the box a little early is perfect for doing a bit extra in terms of mobility, warming up or working on your goats. But do you have certain areas you are working on?
Below is a video Eric Cressey put together to show us how to warm up specific parts which carry over fantastically into our strength and conditioning programme.
When I work on areas that lack mobility, I believe consistency is key. Work on these areas every time you are in the box for the next few weeks. Don’t forget to attain an objective marker first, such as the squat. Taking a photo before or after can also help to note improvements.
All areas that lack mobility, can put you in unwanted positions and therefore increase your chances of a sports injury. It is always worthwhile spending time to improve your positioning.