Every sport or athletic endeavor puts unique physical stresses on a body. Cyclists must hunch over their bikes. Golfers must grip their clubs and torque their bodies with each stroke. In truth, if you play any sport or perform any activity long enough, it will encourage injury. If the body is put into a poor position long enough, the thin layer of tissue around the muscles, called the fascia, will tighten and restrict the movement of the muscle. This is a sure way toward injury and pain.
As a structural integration practitioner, I am often asked if there are special sports or types of athletes who should consider structural integration. I’m not being glib when I say that any serious athlete can find great relief through structural integration. That’s because every sport does its own type of damage. When the body performs repetitive motions, it adds up. Maybe for your sport your shoulders and low back may be at risk, while another athlete might feel pain in the knees and hips.
Structural integration Can Help Every Athlete
It isn’t just that every sport can cause an athlete to build up poor structural habits. It’s also that the benefits of structural integration can improve the athletic performance of any athlete in any sport. Structural integration is all about releasing restrictions in the myofascial system, which can dramatically reduce pain, improve mobility, and increase body awareness. What type of athlete couldn’t benefit from all of those things? When your body feels better and works better, you can perform better on the field. Maybe that means lifting heavier weight in your CrossFit workout, gaining some speed on your tennis serve, or finally getting back on your bike after six months off due to low back pain.
I encourage any athlete who is currently in pain to sign up for a basic 10-session structural Integration program. This program will help release myofascial restrictions and move the body back into alignment. Each session builds on the one before, effectively re-training your body to move the right way without pain or restriction.
Relieve your pain and up your game. If you live in or around Boise, contact the Idaho Center for Rolf Structural Integration to schedule your first session.