Weight Belts, Wrist Wraps and Knee Sleeves Oh My

Recreational lifters often use external support/equipment for multiple purposes. Some use it for injuries, some use it for performance benefits, and others use it because they were taught they need to wear them at all times.

This article will go over how and when to use the equipment to maximize your health and performance.

Injuries

When you walk into a gym, you can get a pretty good idea of who is dealing with an injury/pain based on the equipment they are wearing.

Are you wearing knee sleeves with light activity? Hmm..

Are you wearing wrist wraps for every upper body exercise? Hmm..

Are you wearing a belt with squats and deadlifts under 85%? Hmm..

The same goes for ankle braces, elbow support, etc. 

Let's set this straight... We should NOT be relying on this equipment to exercise!! Our body is meant to be strong and stable without the use of external support! PERIOD.

With all that being said, wearing external support can provide healthy...

Continue Reading...

Back Pain: Why You Shouldn’t Fear Lumbar Flexion

AUTHOR: Dr. Nate Jones, PT

“You should lift with your legs, not your back.”

 “If you round your back, you’ll slip a disc.” 

“My friend’s uncle’s wife’s best friend bent over to pick up her laundry basket 10 years ago and now she has a bad back.”

There’s a good chance at some point in your life you’ve heard a saying similar to these quotes. The ideas that we shouldn’t round our backs and that our backs are fragile structures that need to be protected from heavy loads are incredibly pervasive throughout our culture. However, these concepts are not based on facts, but rather on the fear that our bodies are not strong, adaptable, resilient structures. The widespread belief in these common misconceptions actively contributes to pain and disability.

Our backs should be used to lift, and they should be trained through the entire available range of motion in order to prepare them for daily life....

Continue Reading...

You Are Not Your MRI

Author: Written By: Kevin Smith, SPT

You Are Not Your MRI

This is a story we hear every day. This is more than likely exactly what you have been through a few times, and we are going to have a big surprise for you. Something that is eye opening and a little scary.

 
 
It’s human nature to want to find a problem and “have it fixed”. This is especially true when we are in pain. When we get injured or have pain, a little seed is planted in our brains. We become obsessed with the finding the problem. That’s where the MRI comes in. It shows us a clear image of what’s going on so we can fix it? RIGHT?
 
 
OR DOES IT?What if I told you there is very little association between your MRI picture and your diagnosis? That these pictures can lead to treating things that don’t exist especially in regards to pain. They can lead you down a path of spending hours or years of frustration, sunken medical costs with little to no results.
...
Continue Reading...

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Low Back Pain

Author: Yves Gege

8 Things You Didn’t Know About Low Back Pain

First off, let’s get one thing straight. Your back is strong, resilient, and adaptable…NOT, weak and fragile!

1. Rounding your back is not inherently bad for you…

This one kills me. Why would we have the ability to bend over and flex your spine just to go through life not using this ability! I’m not saying you should lift a couch by yourself, round your back, and carry it into the truck but yes its ok to pick up that piece of paper with a rounded back. There are certain circumstances where rounding your back may be unsafe but as a whole, if you’re not lifting something heavy or repeating this motion 100s of times, over 1000s of days your back will be fine. A lot of times, avoiding these movement that can lead to injury and pain. Your spine has all that freedom to move for a reason…USE IT!

2. Core strengthening is not always the answer

You don’t have a weak...

Continue Reading...

Continue Enjoying Your Rounds

“As you walk down the fairway of life, smell the roses, you only get one round.” -Ben Hogan

You love the game of golf, I get it.  We love the game of golf too.  You love the game, not only because it’s fun but, because to you, it’s an escape.  It’s a challenge, a long walk through nature, and by all accounts a means of stress relief.  An excuse to spend time alone, or, with your friends. The game of golf allows you to compete with yourself, compete with your friends, and with your driver! The game of golf is mentally tough enough don’t let injury, tightness, or low-quality movement get in the way. These things are improvable! Don’t play another frustrating round in pain or discomfort! The golf course is a place to conduct business, celebrate achievements, and have fun! Let’s keep it that way!

“The proper score for a businessman golfer is 90. If he is better than that he is neglecting his business....

Continue Reading...

15 Reasons Why You, As A CrossFitter, Need Made 2 Move Physical Therapy

  1. Your Shoulder Range of Motion Sucks – Yeah Butterfly Pull Ups & Muscle Ups are cool, but let’s face it, you can’t lockout overhead without bending your elbow….It’s okay, we can help.
  2. Your Thoracic Mobility is Awful – You look like a flying goose when snatching and overhead squatting because your shoulders are taking over and your thoracic spine is being beaten into submission and failing….It’s okay, we can help.
  3. Your Recovery is Non-Existent – Of course, you don’t have enough time to recover, you’ve WODed twice, drank a FitAide, ate a protein bar, used a compex on your face, and you still feel wrecked….It’s ok we can help.
  4. Your Core is Feeble – Yeah your GHDs are on point and your Toes 2 Bar are flowing but is you core game at 100?…It’s ok we can help. 
  5. You Don’t Understand Your Foam Roller – foam rolling for 20 minutes...
Continue Reading...
Close

50% Complete

Two Step

Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit, sed do eiusmod tempor incididunt ut labore et dolore magna aliqua.