Are CrossFit and Chiropractic Care a Good Match?

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CrossFit and Chiropractic Care

Though CrossFit has only been widely available since 2000, its popularity has grown rapidly. It is now considered a competitive fitness sport that includes interval training, plyometrics, gymnastics, calisthenics, power lifting and more. Those who participate in CrossFit have found it to be beneficial for a number of reasons.

There are a lot of benefits to a CrossFit style workout. It can be performed in only 15 minutes each day, strong relationships are built by participants at the same location, and most find that their overall health is improved with frequent participation. Other benefits have been mentioned as well such as an improvement in lifestyle and heart health.

As with any sport that has attracted many new participants, CrossFit comes with its own set of injury risks. Routine chiropractic care while engaged in CrossFit can help participants to avoid or heal quickly when such injuries occur.   
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Common CrossFit Injuries

With over 10,000 CrossFit affiliate gyms in 2017, many are wondering if injury rates associated with this type of exercise are higher than with other forms. According to the Orthopedic Journal of Sports Medicine, no studies have been done, to this point, that have specifically looked at injury rates.

Some of the most common CrossFit injuries include:  

  • Tennis Elbow
  • Rotator Cuff Tendonitis
  • Lower Back Pain
  • Rhabdomyolysis
  • Anterior Knee Pain
  • Achilles Tendonitis

The best way athletes and participants can protect themselves is by making sure to warm up properly and practice good form.  Regular visits to a chiropractor can help athletes to make sure that their spinal alignment is correct which helps in lowering the risk of injury.

Should an Injury Occur

Should an injury occur while participating in CrossFit, Olympia Chiropractic and Physical Therapy can help with a combination of chiropractic care and physical therapy. We understand the biomechanics that are an integral part of CrossFit. We will also be able to help a CrossFit participant take precautions that will ensure they will not re-injure themselves upon resuming the activity.

Most common among CrossFit injuries are those to the lower back and shoulders. This is most likely due to the fact that athletes compete by lift heavy weights and often these weights are lifted over their head. One lift, completed with poor form, can cause injury to the spine, shoulders and abdominal muscles. Our team of chiropractors and physical therapists can help CrossFiters recover from such injuries and teach them how to correct their lifting form once they are ready to begin again.

 

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