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Posted in Health with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 6, 2011 by razorsedgeperformance

How many times have you heard a friend or training partner complain about some body issues? Tightness, Soreness, numbness, weakness, you name it; I hear it all the time. But the problem is, who is qualified to fix it? Of course you’ll run to the physio or a well qualified personal trainer, but what if I told you that you can fix many problems yourself or at least reduce the risk of further injury? Well you definitely can. As long as you’re willing to spend 10-20 minutes, multiple times a week maintaining your body, many little problems can be avoided. Think that’s tough? Think about how much time you’ll waste later when you’re walking with a cane or needing to replace important parts of your body! Not only that but most of these things can be done in front of the tv.

Didn't Maintain

So now to the good stuff, what exactly are you supposed to be doing? First of all, you need to go to an amazing website put on by physio guru Kelly Starrett, HERE named mobilitywod. Not only is Kelly a genius, but he’s down with all that crazy stuff that us athletes and weekend warriors put ourselves through. His site, MobilityWOD is a site where he posts a video and/or blog post every day with a daily maintenance task we’ll call it. It’s generally a new body part or movement pattern each day and comprises of foam/ball rolling, stretching, band resisted activation or stretching and various other techniques. If you don’t have a strong grasp of anatomy and physiology, he may talk over your head a little bit but there is so much to learn nonetheless.

A few things you’ll probably need. First, a small collection of tools will help you do most of these things. You’ll need a small ball, preferably solid. Start with something like a tennis ball and work up in stiffness to a lacrosse ball. Then you’ll need a foam roller if you don’t already have one. Also, for many of these things he uses certain bands. I will leave links below where you can find all of these things. For now, start watching and learning! There are over 280 videos already and I’m sure something will fit in with one of your issues. Make sure to follow his timing guidelines and test/retest everything to make sure you’re doing it right and it’s working. Remember, if you’re not getting better, you’re probably getting worse!

NOTE: Keep in mind that this site is not a substitute for a trained physiotherapist for serious physical issues. If you have significant issues that need help, be sure to contact a sports doctor or physiotherapist.  Also, if you do not feel comfortable doing things on your own be sure to seek help.

It’s about Getting Better.

Superbands

The Grid-

These are two products that I like specifically, but other foam rollers and bands will do the trick. You can check out perform better for all kinds of fitness products!

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