Crossfit is a core strength and conditioning program that integrates key skills for peak athletic performance; cardiovascular and respiratory endurance, stamina, strength, flexibility, power, speed, coordination, agility, balance and accuracy.
It uses a variety of exercises, the combination of which lead to a dynamic and varied workout that utilises the whole body in each session. Crossfit can be undertaken by anyone as the workouts are tailored accordingly to each individuals abilities.
Osteopaths are concerned with the structure and function of the body and we at Rosedale Road Osteopaths consider Crossfit to be an excellent exercise for our patients to try. As osteopaths we often see injuries to the lower lumbar spine caused by weakened core strength and poor lifting technique. Crossfit is a strength and conditioning program that works on the principal of strengthening the core first, thereby assisting strengthening of weakened lower lumbar spine, preventing further injury.
Anyone considering starting a program such as Crossfit can benefit from osteopathy before and during their training. An osteopathic consultation can help identify any potential weakness in the musculo-skeletal system that may lead to injury. Osteopathy is also beneficial for treating any sports injuries and can get patients back to their training program. Osteopathic treatment can also can help with those "little niggles" which prevent the patient from achieving the next level of fitness and making significant progress in their training.