Dry needling with the Crossfit community

    • August 21, 2018 at 10:27 am #17700
      Dirksjessie
      Member

      I just have a quick question regarding dry needling for the crossfit population. Do you have any recommendations for dry needling this population? Specifically if they are not necessarily having pain? Any other advice on education for them?

    • August 21, 2018 at 6:12 pm #17710
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      Hi Jessie,
      We discuss this topic alot in the advanced course. The real question is should be intervene when there is no pain…yet. So if an athlete is only having a decreased performance or feels weaker than normal they should be assessed for Neurogenic inflammation ie neuro-trigger points as we know they will cause inhibition. You can call it latent or passive but we know from the research they do influence performance even before they come to conscious awareness of pain. I strongly believe DN needs to move to the proactive / preventative phase prior to the onset of pain especially in an active population like CF. This group will pay for performance enhancement as will many others so the answer to your question is absolutely.

    • August 21, 2018 at 9:08 pm #17713
      Nick
      Participant

      Hey Jessie,

      I work out of a Crossfit gym and a large percentage of my patients are crossfit athletes. There is a lot of opportunity here. I made a long post in the admin section regarding some of what I do and how I got started. They will love IDN. From a recovery standpoint they will notice a difference. If they don’t have a pain complaint I highly recommend starting with the homeostatic points. I have had good success needling the homeostatic points only. I have done this for athletes during the open, prepping for regionals and intervals throughout the season.

      The easiest communication is to relate to what they’re already doing. Most of them are smashing tissue. I relate by saying we can work similar areas but get deeper and have more of an effect on inflammation than you can with a lacrosse ball.

      Let me know what other specific questions you have. Happy to help!

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