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