Friday, April 26, 2013

CrossFit massage

I don't think I've ever said it directly in a blog post, but I am a CrossFitter. I do CrossFit, and I am a massage therapist and  personal trainer. There.  I've said it, officially.

CrossFitters push themselves really hard and CrossFit can be a really polarizing thing, due to its intensity and the intensity of some CrossFit athletes.  Some individuals only see risk and some only reward.  But there is a balance: one thing many CrossFitters share with triathletes is that we are willing to go to great lengths to pursue better performance and lower risk of injury in and out of the gym.  This includes extra time spent working on skills, mobility & flexibility (just look at the popularity of MobilityWOD), diet and self-care regimen.  Like triathletes, many CrossFitters have realized that massage therapy can really aid in recovery and injury (p)rehab, which can lead to greater and more rapid gains in performance.

As a massage therapist, and CrossFitter, I'm in a position to really be able to understand the drive that CrossFitters have, as well as the physical demands of CrossFit movements.  I'm in a unique position to be able to help efficiently address the needs of our community of athletes since I experience it, too.

Further, more and more members of CrossFit On The Square realize that having solid, basic movement patterns are critical to injury prevention, and are undertaking measures to ensure that their basic movements are aiding their wellness and performance, rather than inhibiting it.

I've already helped some of your CFSQ and PrettySTRONG coaches, and athletes.  If you want to find out what I can do to help you, just ask them, or reach out to me directly via email or facebook.  If you aren't a CFSQ member or a CrossFitter at all, no worries, I'm all about helping everyone I can.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

My left foot

I want to challenge you to think of any joint pain/issues you may have in your lower body, and to think up and down stream of these pains...towards the next joint up or down.  Keep this in mind as you read further...

I have addressed the general effects that poor footwear can have, moving upward through the body.  To be fair, sometimes the footwear doesn't even need to be involved to have issues in the feet which then move upstream to the knees, hips, etc.  One of these possibilities in overpronation.

Pronation is the ability of the foot to "roll" slightly inward, toward the arch.  This type of movement allows for adaptation to uneven terrain and shock absorption, among other things.  But, with this kind of mobility in a joint or limb, much of the stability must be provided by the muscles and soft tissue in the joint and surrounding areas.  So, when there is overpronation, it can effect this soft tissue, and the effects are felt upstream, just like the effects of the wrong footwear.  Pronation = Good.  Overpronation = Bad.

(Underpronation is also bad, but that's a different story, altogether, and far less common.)

There are several things which might contribute to (or "cause") overpronation.  Weakness in the muscles which control that movement (namely tibialis posterior) can allow for overpronation.  Multiple