CrossFit… are you working out with correct form and posture?
Being a chiropractor from Singapore/Australia and an avid CrossFitter myself, I have seen so many young athletes getting injured and the casualties keep growing. The advantage I have is not age and experience (there are a lot of stronger younger athletes than me) but the knowledge of how important it is to be physically balanced with good spinal alignment. I get chiropractic care myself on a weekly basis to minimize the risk of spinal injuries.
CrossFit focuses on a lot of movements which require strong core, good mobility and a balanced pelvis. Have a dysfunction in one of them and you open the doors to recurring injuries and more muscular imbalances.
Take for example the deadlift – an initial movement required for all Olympic lifts i.e. Clean & Jerk and Snatches. With a slightly imbalanced pelvis, over time it can lead to:
- Knee pains
- SI joint pain
- Low back pain
Secondary to that, imbalances in the mid-upper back can lead to shoulder issues, neck sprains and much more.
With all that repetition and weight happening, it is important to know whether you are training with a balanced spinal posture.
Sadly, a lot of athletes wait till they get injured before they do something about it, often putting them out of action for weeks or month. When one area of your body becomes injured or dysfunctional, everything in your body compensates for that injury making the body function inefficiently.
Smart athletes know the importance of their bodies and take care of it diligently. Performing at optimal levels you really have to take care of your spinal joints with chiropractic treatment, soft tissue care and everyday stretches.
When Crossfit champion Jason Khalipa was asked how many times he would get chiropractic treatment during games mode, his response: “I get chiro up to 3 times a week, sometimes more! His response put a smile on my face as he advocates injury prevention and healthy living which every athlete should be doing!
With the Manila throw down team qualifiers coming up there will definitely be an increase in training intensity and level of competitiveness. I recommend chiropractic 1 – 2 a week with soft tissue work every 2 weeks and getting good sleep and nutrition for optimum recovery. Keep yourself injury free and get yourself checked. You never know what injuries may be lurking around the corner. Take care of your body and it will take care of you!
-Mark Enriquez, Chiropractor and CrossFitter:
- Bachelor of Chiropractic Science (Macquarie University, Sydney 2002)
- Master of Chiropractic (Macquarie University, Sydney 2004)
- Internationally Certified Chiropractic Sports Practitioner (ICCSP)
- Registered member of the Chiropractors Registration Board of Australia (AHPRA)
- Experience working as a team sports chiropractor with athletes in their sporting injuries, exercise and nutrition regimes
- Chiropractic Techniques used are: Diversified, Gonstead, Activator Methods, Extremity Adjusting, Thomson Drop-Piece Technique and Chiropractic Bio-Physics (CBP) methods
- Has personal interest in CrossFit, Strength & Conditioning, Travel, Music and improving his Tagalog
Visit his clinic at room 1604, Centuria Medical Center, Makati City. For appointments, call 09957894498. For more information visit alphachiro.ph!
Mark will be doing a box visit for consultation and corrections in:
Makati Box on Wednesday September 21, 2016 5-7pm
MOA Box on Wednesday September 28, 2016 6pm
If interested, call 09957894498 today!