CrossFit can be one of the most gruelling and unforgiving sports to participate in. Each WOD (Workout of the day) involves a combination of intense exercises that require the athlete to exert an extraordinary amount of effort, speed, and concentration. Utilizing each muscle and every ounce of will power is a key to outperforming your personal best. Unfortunately, these movements can take a toll on your body. CrossFit exercises require the dynamic use of almost every muscle and this frequent and intense use can cause a buildup of tension and a decreased range of motion. This can cause compensation and the use of a dangerous posture that can lead to injuries commonly found in the shoulders or lower back.
Release tension with IMS
Fortunately, there is a treatment regimen that can be used to relieve this tension so that you can regain your range of motion and utilize your muscles to their full potential. IMS (Intramuscular Stimulation) involves the insertion of acupuncture needles into targeted muscle regions. Inserting a needle into a tight muscle band is intended to induce a reflexive release in the muscle. This will increase your flexibility, relieve pain and improve overall functionality in the muscle. With IMS, you can experience near instant relief and an increased range of motion. These benefits can be enhanced after your treatment, by following a set of exercises that are designed to ensure correct movement and use of the muscle region.
IMS is experiencing increased adoption among professionals
IMS (aka dry needling) is quickly becoming a popular and effective treatment for pain relief and restoring muscular range. IMS is one of the most effective ways of releasing muscles that become tight. Tightness and injury can occur if the specific movements required of CrossFit are completed improperly due to compensation. Professional CrossFit athlete and champion of the 2016 CrossFit Games, Mat Fraser has experienced the instant benefits that IMS can provide. Even though he maintains a fear of needles, he easily overcomes his fear, because the “bang for the buck results” are clearly worth it.
At Pivotal Health, our trained and experienced physiotherapists can work with you to address any muscle tightness, restrictions, or injuries that you may have experienced while pushing your limits with CrossFit. Clients can expect a thorough examination of muscle function and joints in both isolation and in movement. This is followed by an analysis of nerve function and mobility. If our physiotherapist, has determined you are a prime candidate for IMS, treatment will commence immediately.
Upon completion of the IMS treatment, we can offer specific exercises and instruction to help with your recovery and to ensure that you are on the right track to utilizing your muscles to their full potential. Check out our IMS page for more information regarding our services and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.