informative, research evidence

Four ways to reduce climbing injuries to fingers, elbows and shoulders

Since arriving at Pinnacle Climbing Centre in mid-July I have been learning a lot about climbing injuries. It goes without saying that fingers, forearms and shoulders appear to represent the overwhelming majority of niggles, injuries and mobility issues among these issues. Although I can't be too specific, I would say that around half of those who I have spoken with have told me that they are either currently injured and of these, the majority of these individuals described at least one form of upper extremity injury (fingers, forearms, shoulders, elbows) - with a few neck and upper back issues thrown in for good measure. In fact, most of the folks with lower extremity injuries and pain seem to attribute them to other activities such as running - not climbing. Now, as science is my specialty let's delve into the research...

anatomy, exercise therapy, informative

Got shoulder pain? Here’s why I want to look at your spinal mobility first…

Let's set the scene... You've been struggling with shoulder issues for years... you can bearly remember when it started to bother you. Initially, it was just a niggle - maybe the odd twinge here and there, or a dull ache. It didn't used to get in the way of your favourite activities. But over the months or years since it first started it's slowly come to become such a nuisance that you started to avoid certain activities. In fact, at some points it's even stopped you from doing simple day to day tasks, like household chores or completing tasks at work.

anatomy, informative

Golfer’s Elbow vs. Tennis Elbow – what’s the difference?

Although they are often confused, Golfer's Elbow and Tennis Elbow are two different overuse injuries of the tendinous structures of the elbow and wrist. More specifically, these injuries are categorised as 'tendinopathies'.

Andy Murray wearing KT TAPE
informative

Miracle Injury Cure or Magical Painkiller: What Is Kinesiology Tape – And How Does It Work?

Kinesiology or kinesio tape is an adhesive taping method applied with the aim of reducing pain, increasing range of movement, and/or enhancing quality of movement in response to muskuloskeletal injury. Although originally arising in the 1970s, kinesio taping has rocketed in popularity in recent years, with celebrity endorsements and increasing popularity for both professional and recreational athletes.