Accidents happen, even to the most seasoned professionals.
Early March ’16 I decided to slip in a super quick workout in-between meetings, and while doing squats something happened to one of my lower back muscles. It was weird. A sort of twisted sensation on the spine. While my initial reaction was that I simply ‘overstrained’ myself, experience dictates that this is not good.
Since I was notorious (and often criticized) for being overly critical about safe technique, I was confused as to how – and what - happened.
Preferring to err on the side of caution, I immediately stopped my workout and called up my good friend Fred to request an assessment.
For the whole of next day it wouldn’t hurt at all. Yet two days would pass before I saw my trusted rehab therapist; time in which my lower back progressively felt tighter to the point where it start to hurt.
The day finally came and here’s the assessment. It was revealed that certain stiffness were developed in various places of my lower body from a recent change in my lifestyle.
Over the weeks before this incident I have been sitting down a lot. I sat in a certain way that caused my hip flexors and gluteus to get squeezed for a major part of the day (lazy laid back slouch on the chair). On top of that my workout frequency had taken a dive due to work, which meant less stretch and less activity.
These tightness caused my lower back to round every time I hit the bottom of my squat. Which led to the pull I experienced when the load became heavy.
Can you imagine that!
In a sense it was technique, but it was the tightness of my muscles that led to me thinking that my technique was good – because all the right muscles were engaged yet my form was fundamentally flawed.
And due to something as mundane as lifestyle no less!
Fred told me that it was a good thing I stopped training when I did. That stopped what could have been a serious injury from happening.
So let’s get this straight:
No pain? Checked.
Form correct? ‘Checked’ (ish). Hey, I didn’t know! It felt right. At the time.
And yet a pull did happen. I escaped a potentially serious injury on a hair’s breadth because experience won and I decided it’d be better to err on the side of caution.
If I didn’t have the benefit of experience, I would’ve probably continued with the training and paid the price.
If I had been any more gung-ho than I am, I would’ve probably shrugged it off to overtraining/overstraining/over-what-ever and decided that a few days’ rest should be enough to recover.
If I hadn’t been so critical about safety I wouldn’t have decided to pay for a two hundred ringgit treatment, and assumed that “it will get better in time”.
Now what happened to me was only one of the many hundreds of possible permutations of injury or problems that inhibit the human movement.
Every day, people get hurt or realize something went wrong, yet chose to shrug it off, sweep it under the rug and hope for the best. A smart athlete knows that this decision may create a potentially big problem from a small one, and would go get it checked out, even if it may be nothing at all.
The lesson learned over here is that sometimes good technique may not be enough. Any form of tightness and even imbalances will eventually lead to injuries if ignored.
We want results and results come from intensity. With intensity however comes risk. In the heat of the moment, any form of dormant problems in your body will get aggravated, and that’s problematic.
HB have been very fortunate to work with an exceedingly talented rehab therapist, Frederick Khoo. With ‘One Touch, One Fix’ as a mantra, he tries his best to solve client problems within the first session itself.
Not only that, he specializes in finding the root cause of the problem(s) and treating them rather than the symptom.
As an example in my case I had pulled my lower back – but Fred focused on everywhere else EXCEPT the lower back, and guess what – immediate relief following the treatment. My OTHER muscles were pulling my lower back constantly, leading to pain. Fixed those, and the pull stopped immediately. Of course this only applies to my case specifically, but you get the idea.
Now how about you?
Do you have any form of nagging pain/discomfort you have been feeling for a while?
Is there any form of movements that you cannot do due to some weirdness?
Perhaps it’s time to get it checked out.
Fred normally charges RM200 per session for a full on assessment and treatment, but if you’re one of our clients at HBCF, you get a special deal.
Call us up to find out more:
016-9730 448 Felix
Full write up here: www.badgerfitness.net/fred
PS – If you’re not one of our clients but you would like to find out more on what Fred can do for you, hit me up nonetheless.