Crossfit is not only a great way to move, but a social community as well

Many of you know I do Crossfit. Im not all that good, nor do do I do many competitions, for me crossfit fits my chiropractic understanding of movement and health. It is a strategy for fulfilling the need for movement for my body and brain (yes, we know movement is not just for a healthy body, but a healthy brain too).

Subsequently, I tend to read a fair bit about movement, health and wellbeing, so it was a great delight to read the article “Crossfit: A Chiropractic perspective” from Nepean Crossfit (http://nepeancrossfit.com.au/crossfit-a-chiropractic-perspective/). It is a well written article from a chiropractor with personal experience, that I think plays out in clinics across Australia.

Crossfit, in my opinion, is not unacceptably dangerous. Every sport, bar none, has injury risks. It about is that risk worth it to you. The risk of injury is of course real, as it is with any new exercise program, but may be reduced with a few basic measures.

As the article suggests, getting an assessment done in the early stages of any new exercise program is worthwhile. Movement assessment, as well as (in my opinion) underlying structure should be assessed to help prevent injury. If you are progressively loading tissues, they should be as healthy as possible, so good movement and good structure are both important.

Of course then, mobility should be practiced often. I would suggest a few minutes at the end of class for many of us is not enough. Some regular mobility and stretching each day is probably more appropriate if you want to move and feel at your best.

The last point I think is valuable, but maybe some thought of prevention is also valuable. You see, many of us feel an injury after a long process of loading and moving joints that are not at their best. This may take quite a bit of time before we feel the pain of this accumulating damage, and in the meantime could be robbing us of athletic performance (as described by Dr. Kelly Starrett, phd physical therapist). So if there are functional deficiencies, be it movement issues, or structural deformities, maybe it is worth getting some help BEFORE the niggles occur. Who to see first is someone who is comfortable with understanding crossfit, and happy to refer for things outside of their scope.

So if it is crossfit, or any other new exercise program (especially for those of us who have had a little more time to damage some of those tissues), maybe it is tome to visit a trusted chiropractor to discover some of the best ways to keep yourself working at your best.