At ProTouch Physical Therapy, we know how important Crossfit is for many of our patients. We see several Crossfit-related injuries come through our doors weekly, and we work hard to make sure that each patient receives the quality care they need so they can return to the sport they love.
However, our clinic not only recognizes quick and effective ways to treat such injuries, but also helpful tips and techniques for preventing them from occurring in the first place. Through a combination of hands-on manual therapy, alternative modalities, patient education, and analysis of movement patterns and strength, we can make sure you are performing at your optimum levels of physical ability.
To learn more about how ProTouch Physical Therapy can help treat and prevent your Crossfit injuries, contact us today!
Physical therapy and Crossfit – why is it necessary?
Did you know that according to the Journal of Sports Rehabilitation, 73.5% of Crossfit athletes will sustain an injury?
Although injuries are common, it doesn’t mean you should quit your beloved sport. Instead, physical therapy can help decrease your risk of sustaining an injury.
Crossfit is a sport that requires very specific body mechanics in order to perform in the correct ways. When someone participates in Crossfit without knowing the proper body mechanics for doing so, it puts an increased amount of strain on the joints, muscles, and other parts of the body that must compensate for the incorrect movements.
Physical therapy can teach the proper techniques for performing Crossfit, so you can ease the stress on your body and enhance your abilities.
Taking preventative measures:
As any athlete may know, nothing is worse than having to put your training on hold due to an unexpected injury. That’s why physical therapy for prevention is so important – your physical therapist can help you fix problem areas before they become an issue.
Your physical therapist will be able to assess your movements during the sport and identify any improper techniques. This will help in anticipating injuries before they occur and providing solutions for avoiding them.
When participating in physical therapy for preventative measures, many of your treatment plans will be focused around strength and endurance training, so you can make sure any areas of concern are as strong as possible. It will also focus on form and technique, so you can get to the root of any potential issues and fix them before they get worse.
What if I still get injured?
Of course, we understand that there may still be fluke injuries, even if preventative measures are taken. If you still find yourself in any sort of pain or discomfort related to or limiting your Crossfit workouts, don’t hesitate to contact ProTouch Physical Therapy as soon as possible. Starting treatments soon is crucial toward recovering as fast as you can, so you can get back to what you love.
If you develop an injury, your physical therapist will examine the root cause of the pain and design a treatment plan based around your specific needs. The end goal of these treatment plans will be full recovery and a decreased risk of sustaining further injury, so you can enjoy your sport without hesitation. Common treatment methods for Crossfit injuries include:
- Hands-on manual therapy
- Cold laser therapy
- Movement pattern corrections
- Full-spectrum CBD application
- Patient education
If you are a Crossfit athlete and you are looking to treat your injury and/or prevent your risk of sustaining one, contact ProTouch Physical Therapy today! We’ll help get you back in the gym in no time.
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