Cam Ward, DVRT Master Australia (4EVERfitness)
Can you really use a sandbag to fix an injury??
As we sink our teeth deeper into the health and fitness industry it becomes more and more noticeable that it takes a team to fix a problem. Having an issue looked at from all angles and levels goes a long way to educating your client to a better outcome.
About two months ago I wrote a blog telling my story of how I over came major knee surgery to running a marathon (Read Here). Well the story continues with a success story about my wife and best friend Bec.
Brining two beautiful children into our lives and setting up a functional training centre from home was the best decision we made. Not easy but a great way to watch the kids grow up and allow them to see what it took to get mum pain free and moving.
Two years ago!!!, Yes two years, Bec is now on track to getting back to her passion of running. Without getting to gory Bec had a dislodgment of her pubic bones and would find it hard walking or even moving around to complete her day to day activities.
Working with Bec’s Chiropractor we took to the studio and worked through the DVRT system using the Core and PowerUltimate Sandbags. Now keep in mind kneeling or putting any asymmetric load through the pelvis was painful, which is why we started with glute bridging movements. We wanted to fire the connection between the lats and the glutes to allow us to progress to more powerful movements later on.
Once we could achieve fluid movement through bridging patterns we advanced to cross pattern loading with one of the movements the bird dog. What we found interesting about this movement was when executing the traditional bird dog pain was experienced through the lateral hip. However when introducing the lateral drag bird dog using the Core Ultimate Sandbag the pain disappeared.
Huh! No pain! There must be a trick and why would this take away the pain. Well what we did different is by dragging the Ultimate Sandbag along the ground it light up the lats and connected with the opposite glute giving us the cross pattern connection.
BOOM follow the make and design of the body. Like our walking or running patterns we move in cross patterns with the opposite arm and leg tracking forward as we move. Training the body as it is designed to move, not shockingly, improves strength, movement, and pain-free actions so much faster!
This is different than how most people perform a Bird Dog. They create the same motion, but the intent is quite different. There isn’t the tension and connection to this chain that automatically “turns on” the right muscles!
Having an understanding of movement and how the body connects and communicates will go a long way to achieving your clients goals of pain free movement. It’s a very humbling feeling when your client once struggled to stand on one leg to moving through the below patterns.