In our ongoing quest to DEprioritize stretching from your rehab & prevention routines, the achilles tendon has to also be close to the top of our list. (click the buttons if you want to read up on our earlier content about this concept)…
We commonly hear our clients with hamstring problems reporting things like:
“pain in my [actual] butt while sitting on chairs or in the car”
“feels way worse when walking or running uphill compared to downhill”
“it’s worse after not moving for a little while, and then better again while I’m walking or moving”
Pain is a tricky thing.
And 9 times out of 10, we hear that when people are in pain their temptation is to stretch those hamstrings.
While there are appropriate times to stretch a hamstring, if you’re dealing with a strain or injury to the muscle or tendon—we’d ask that you consider a different approach.
Dealing with a bad (or mild) case of tendonitis?
Before you read the rest of this article, let me give you one BIG piece of clinical advice… STOP STRETCHING.
I get it, that seems wrong doesn’t it?
When something hurts, we tend to stretch it instinctively. But are you finding that stretching is really helping your pain in the long term? Have you ever wondered why stretching sometimes makes your pain even worse?
Neck pain might be common, but there are a few things that we can keep in mind while we train that might reduce your risk of struggling with neck pain in the future.
With that in mind, here are a few of the exact recommendations that I give to my patients who struggle with frequent bouts of neck pain while or after training:
there are consistent similarities that athletes struggling with persistent lateral knee pain share. So for those of you who haven't been able to fix your IT Band problems for years, and for those of you who are looking to try to prevent this kind of problem while running, biking, or CrossFitting in the future...here is exactly what I recommend to my patients...
For far too long I've heard people misrepresent CrossFit as a jocks-only club for crazy people that just throw around kettlebells, do muscle-ups, and half-assed versions of olympic lifting. I've had well-respected colleagues scoff at it as a patient(injury)-generating machine, and have had patients assume they'd never be able to do anything "as intense" as CrossFit.
Honestly...I even had some of these misconceptions myself.
But since when did it become OK to have literally zero experience with something and be so against it? My mom used to always tell me "try it, you'll like it". That was usually in reference to green vegetables, but the wisdom is still rooted in there:
Don't trash something you don't have any experience with
Episode 2: A Mobility or Stability Problem?
Episode 3: Five of My Favorite Shoulder Position Exercises
Because if we want to have strong, resilient, versatile bodies--bodies that can still do pull-ups at 70 years old, that can pick up and throw our kids in the air without pain well into our 40's and 50's, that can run a sub-7 mile for years on end, that can compete with the best of other CrossFit athletes...
then we have to start with self-awareness and knowing where our current capacities are at...so we can make them better!
It's finally here. The summer of 2017 - and it's going to be a great one.
Instead of focusing on beach bodies and vacations - I'm joining the growing group of physical therapists and other movement experts who are choosing to make this summer the #SummerOfMove. It's a national campaign organized by Free The Yoke and its main goal: to bring awareness to the innumerable benefits of exercise and encourage others to get out there and move more! More on that below...
"I have an osteophyte," she said, on the verge of tears.
"The doctor told me I have an osteophyte right in the lumbar spine...I'll probably need injections at least, and maybe even surgery."
This patient had been making excellent progress so far. Her back pain had been progressively diminishing over our past few sessions, and she had been noticing significant gains in her ability to do things like lunge down to the ground to play with her pet and walk outside on the local trail. And then she came in after a follow up physician visit to share with me the news of an uninvited, terrifying osteophyte which was now attacking her body.
But here's the thing.
Dr. Seth King chats with Jeremy and Vince - owners of Crossfit Reviver - about shoulder health, mobility, and stability. Check it out!
Exercise and I have had a fickle relationship...
You see, my mom would tell you that I learned to walk with a soccer ball on my foot. I’m the youngest of four soccer players. When it came to soccer in our family, my dad was our coach, my older siblings were assistant coaches, and my mom was the manager. When I was five, I got to watch my oldest sister, along with the rest of the Rochester Adams High School soccer team, win the state championship.
Ryan is a wanderlust at heart, and one of (if not THE) most adventurous people I've ever known. He surpassed being an adventure-seeker a long time ago, he's more of an adventure-maker. I reached out to Ryan because he has a unique perspective on health, wellness, and fitness. As a MTB tour guide on the west coast at Moab Cyclery in Moab, Utah. He relies on his health daily to be able to function and perform optimally both out on the trail and while prepping and caring for those he's guiding along the way.
Feel like there's never enough time in the day to get things done? You're not alone.
It seems like that clock is always running out of time. Most days seem to leave us with just enough time to brush our teeth, go to work, eat, tuck the kids in to bed, maybe watch some Marvel show on Netflix and then go back to sleep again...am I right? Fitting exercise into that day...what, are you crazy? There's no way I can find the time for that... Only insane people do that, right?
But maybe it's more than that.