One of the biggest problems with repetitive strain injuries is restoring the victim’s full range of motion. Repetitive motion injuries are notorious for robbing people of their ability to fully flex their affected joints.
Could crawling change all that? The newest thing in fitness and rehabilitation may be the oldest move in the book, at least when it comes to human movement: crawling.
At least one American exercise physiologist has suggested that a mobility program involving crawling techniques helps stimulate synovial fluid in the bursa sacks around peoples’ joints. The synovial fluid helps nourish the joints and removes waste products. Learning how to crawl again can help restore full range of motion to a variety of joints that are injured through workplace stress and strain.
Others agree. They point out that modern life puts many people in the position of sitting and leaning forward for long periods of time in an unnatural position that weakens the core muscles, throwing their head out of alignment with their spines. This causes increased pressure on the spinal column in the neck, leading to a variety of problem conditions:
— Tingling and numbness in hands and feet from compressed nerves
— Degenerative disc disease
— Thoracic outlet syndrome
— Loss of range of motion in the shoulders
— Sciatic nerve pain from being seated too long during the day
— Carpal tunnel syndrome
These are just a few of the conditions that can be treated by an exercise program that incorporates crawling. Crawling can help restore the natural lumbar curve of the spine and help restore normal walking gait by re-emphasizing the contra-lateral limb movement necessary to crawl forward. It can also help sharpen balance, increase hip mobility, and improve posture.
If you’re suffering from a repetitive strain injury that limits your range of motion, you may want to investigate crawling as a form of therapy. There are different methods used, and it’s important to find a therapist who can teach you the right way to start and progress if you want to make sure that you get the maximum benefit.
Meanwhile, it may be difficult to get workers’ compensation to approve your therapy. If you’re having trouble getting your medical bills and your workers’ comp benefits paid for a repetitive strain injury that’s reduced your range of motion, talk to an attorney today.
Source: Stuff, “The most important exercise you’re missing out on,” Feb. 03, 2017
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