Have you ever stopped doing something you love because of a repetitive motion injury? If you have, then you know it can be debilitating and discouraging. I remember training for my first marathon and blowing off my running partner when he told me to take it easy after I started having persistent knee pain. I was stubborn and belligerent and I finished the marathon, but ultimately paid the price.
Whether it’s running, boxing, swimming, or simply sitting and typing, we can all get in repetitive motion patterns that cause us suffering. And fortunately, that’s not the end of the story for any of us!
After my first marathon I couldn’t run more than a mile for about 9 months, and after I healed, I trained for another marathon only to injure my knee again. It put me out for 6 more months. I was definitely running from something in life at that point, and I believe that probably contributed to my injury, but we’ll hold off on the woo woo speculations for now ;).
I gave up on running that distance again, as it was mostly painful and it just wasn’t fun anymore. Later I injured my other knee sparring, and stopped running any considerable distances. Fast forward a few years and I’m not sure I’ll ever run a road marathon again (maybe trail), but I love running trails all the time now without debilitating pain. A big part of being able to enjoy running again is due to Elisha’s help optimizing my fascia through Kinetix.
As long as we engage in sports or activities that require a very high degree of repetitive motion, a certain level of maintenance is required.
Fascial release, deep core/glute exercises, and focusing on form has given me a much better platform for participating in repetitive motion activities like running. I believe using these tools can help us reclaim our fun in any sport or activity we take part in.
If you’re looking to minimize your potential for repetitive motion injury but still lead an active and healthy life, your best bet is to do as many different physical activities as possible. This feeds your body with a diverse range of movements, and naturally minimizes your potential for repetitive motion injuries. And… that approach definitely isn’t for everyone. Most of us have a preferred form of exercise/activity, and if we start doing a more diverse array of activities solely for injury prevention purposes, we’re not likely to enjoy or sustain those diversified activities.
To me, the most important aspect of moving your body is finding an enjoyable challenge that sets you up for health and success long-term.
What’s your experience with repetitive motion injuries? What have you done to overcome them and keep enjoying the activities you love? I believe some forms of repetitive motion are just an inevitability of life, and there’s nothing wrong with that as long as we’re listening to our bodies and optimizing them for whatever activities we choose to engage in. Whatever you choose to do, we’re here to provide you with a great tool through Mobility Mastery for optimizing your body and getting the most out of your experience.
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