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...

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"I Have Bad Knees"

Author: Yves Gege

“I have bad knees” is something we hear all the time. It usually comes up during some sort of physical activity like hiking, running, or tennis or during something as simple as getting up off of floor or going down stairs. You tell yourself, and unfortunately you have been told, that because you have “bad knees” we shouldn’t do certain things. You’ll see a doctor or health professional who tells you that because of your arthritis or tendinitis or chondromalacia (big word) that we should avoid certain activities. Unfortunately, or FORTUNATELY, the newest medical research is simply not backing these claims. We’ve now seen multiple studies showing improved cartilage thickness with weighted squats, as well as in runners. Also increased ligament size within olympic lifters as well. Most rehabilitative research shows that movement and exercise produces the best results for long term function better than any other modality. Do...

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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...
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Knee Pain & Everything You Need to Know

If you have knee pain, you have to read this. 

We all have activities we enjoy and that require us to be in good physical health. Whether it’s walking, golfing, biking, running, lifting weights, or something else entirely, having physical pain can hinder us from doing the things we really enjoy. There are certain pains that can be more debilitating than others. Having severe knee pain, for example, can mean that short morning walk from your car can turn into a long, painful one.



What can cause knee pain?

While the cause of knee pain can vary, some of the most common causes are arthritis, runner’s knee, tendonitis, meniscus tears, and sprained ligaments. Without proper treatment, knee pain can continue to cause pain for years, and you deserve better! It’s important to find the right type of help to ensure that your knee heals properly and that you stay pain-free. At Made2Move Physical Therapy, we’ll determine the best methods to alleviate your knee pain.




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