In the lead up to summer, the fitness industry is flooding us with 8 week challenges, 2 week unlimited deals, and other varying incentives to get us back in shape.
Being motivated to get in shape is great! So what’s the issue?
When we look at flat feet, are orthotics really the answer? Or are they an old fashioned, easy road our practitioner and we take to solve a more in depth problem?
Do we realise that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction (actual physics law by Newton) therefore by placing ourselves in orthotics we are going to cause an equal and opposite reaction elsewhere in the foot and body.
So as it’s my first blog for the legends at Evolutio, I thought I’d start by introducing myself. I’m Sarah, 31, former chef in both career and lifestyle. I now coach at Wards Gym and I also work for the YMCA. I promote both CrossFit and Les Mills respectively which, I’ll admit, is a confusing and contradictory combination. I generally try my hardest to not put the training style that I personally love more than anything in the world (CrossFit) on a pedestal and mindlessly criticize all others. If I wasn’t trying though, I would say something like this:
What do you say if someone you know sprains an ankle? Something like “yeah that sucks mate, but hey get some good rehab and you’ll be back at it before you know it.”
If someone hurts their back deadlifting how do you react? Differently? Why?
Lower back injuries tend to freak people out, but I reckon in many cases* there is absolutely no reason to view them as a death sentence to your work, sport or lifestyle. (*obviously not all)
Yes, every injury is different, but fundamentally they are all the same. As soon as the injury has happened your body has set in motion a phenomenal chain of events to control the damage and set about healing it as fast as it possibly can. From the outside, we do our rehab to minimise pain, restore range of motion and strengthen the hell out of the injured area - in order to get back to exactly the same lifestyle we had before the injury, as quickly as possible.
So why don’t we trust that process when we’re dealing with the lower back?