CrossFit Injuries - What can an Osteopath do to help?

Tuesday June 11, 2019 at 9:20pm
Cross Fit Injuries - What can an Osteopath do to h

What is CrossFit?

CrossFit is a program developed to offer a full-body workout that combines elements of cardio, weight lifting, gymnastics and core training. It in fact is a training philosophy that coaches people of all shapes and sizes to improve their physical health and cardiovascular fitness.



Meet our new Osteopath Stephanie - A Passionate CrossFitter

Osteopath Stephanie LawtonAs this is my first blog entry, I would like to introduce myself! My name is Stephanie Lawton; I am one of the osteopaths at the Rugby Osteopathic Centre. I have a passion for all things CrossFit. As every CrossFitter knows, the number one rule of CrossFit is to talk about CrossFit, as it becomes such an enormous part of your daily life with regard to fitness, mental wellbeing, health and nutrition and personal goals. In this post I will explain what roles an osteopath can have to play in the many aspects of the recovery from a CrossFit injury.

The Physical Aspect of Recovery

The most common injuries that occur in CrossFit are those related to weightlifting movements. Most frequently, injuries are often of the result of these weightlifting movements performed repetitively at a high intensity during a timed workout.

The typical CrossFit injuries I have seen are:

Osteopaths often use manual techniques that can aid in the improvement of joint mobility and muscular elasticity. We also address physical alignment of the joint structures and address efficient muscle activation.

An improvement in joint mobility and efficient recruitment of certain muscular groups can improve the performance of weightlifting and gymnastic movements in CrossFitters. Additionally, osteopathy adopts a holistic approach to treatment and identify factors such as specific areas of weakness of imbalances of the muscular structures surrounding associated joints that can be addressed to aid in physical performance. Furthermore, these physical improvements can be maintained at home through a personalised mobility and strength exercise plan.

The Mental Aspect of Recovery

CrossFit has many beneficial impacts on one’s life; the obvious being a great development in fitness, but most importantly, the development in self-esteem and the ability to come out of one’s shell. This mental factor plays a major role when you have an injury. I understand the frustration: let us say that you have been working incredibly hard to perfect that snatch technique. Through hours of patience, persistence and encouragement from your coach you have finally grasped the movement and can use it efficiently in a WOD. Most importantly you have reached that PB lift you have been working towards for several months. All of a sudden after a challenging workout a lower back injury occurs. You find yourself unable to perform a snatch, clean, deadlift or squat without pain, which can be devastating. This physical change can have an incredible mental impact on the CrossFit athlete.

How can an Osteopath help?

As osteopaths we are well known for our hands-on approach to the treatment of injuries. A less common knowledge is the fact that we also can provide you with a management plan, home exercise and rehabilitation plan and aid you in setting other CrossFit goals that can be developed in the gym alongside injury recovery. Goal setting, support and a structured treatment and management plan can help to consolidate the mental impact of an injury and provide a positive outlook for recovery. This in turn can create an enthusiasm to return to the gym and a strive to continue to improve as a CrossFitter.

If you would like to discuss further to find out how we can help please contact us.
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