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It was brought to my attention that some people are unsure whether or not I am taking appointments in the clinic here (as I am still working in Whistler 3 days a week). The clinic room is fully set up and I have already begun treatments. If you are would like to make an appointment please book online or call the gym (892-1177) or my cell (848-8864).
As you guys start to ramp up your training over the next few months there are inevitably going to be some aches and pains that creep up on you. Some are going to be new aches (as you engage muscles that have been deconditioned), and some are going to be hints of old injuries that you may not have felt in a long time. This is extremely common and can be quite alarming particularly when old injuries start to feel irritated. Generally this is happening because your body learned to protect itself during the injury and recovery phases by using other tissues as compensation (or sitting at an office desk trained your body to be folded forward which created weakness in your back!). Certain tissues learned not to engage the way they are supposed to. In CrossFit we are completing full body movements that require engagement of all tissues across any given joint. Those previously injured tissues have likely become reasonably weak and will be quite challenged to perform the required movement. It is important to continue to work through these movements and scale the load and/or range to a reasonable level (this is person and type of injury dependent). As the tissues regain strength, the discomfort will subside and you will be able to increase your loads. It is important to listen to your body and not work through extreme pain, but also recognize that some discomfort will likely be present in the rebuilding phase. Clients that I have seen in both the gym and clinic have followed an extremely similar path:
– start CrossFit
– feeling arises that mimics old injury
– we assess musculoskeletal alignment and treat for any muscular imbalances across joints, and treat the affected tissues
– adjust the load of the movement that aggravates the old injury, monitor, increase load as pain decreases
– monitor musculoskeletal alignment
– the injured feeling subsides as the tissue learns to fire properly
– overall greater resistance to injury

With most people that I have worked with, the injury has disappeared for good after several months of strengthening. There can obviously be a great deal of variation in the length of time this process takes. Our goal as trainers is to see you perform all movements with technical proficiency. Because all movements that we teach are “functional” movements this means that you are moving mechanically the way the body is designed to move. Injury that results from sport and weightlifting is generally a result of poor technique. Our goal is to teach your body to move the most efficient way possible which will result in a strong injury resistant body and will rebuild the neural pathways that allow tissues to fire properly.

If you have any concerns or are not sure what you are feeling, please catch me before or after class and ask me, or send me an email. We are here to help you in any way we can. We want strong healthy athletes!

Have a great day!

Heather