CrossFit is known for its intense regimen – and for its high risk of injury. From muscle ruptures, strains, and repetitive stress syndromes to herniated discs and neck, knee, shoulder, low back, and elbow compression and pain… you name it, CrossFit is known for common acute injuries. Just because you think you are fit enough to do high intensity training doesn’t mean your body is really ready for it.
Before you do CrossFit training, MELT can help you restore the hydration of your connective tissue so your movement is more precise and your risk of common injuries is reduced. Sue Hitzmann, MS, CST, NMT, is the creator of the MELT Method®, a simple self-treatment technique that helps people get out and stay out of chronic pain. A nationally recognized educator, manual therapist, exercise physiologist, and founding member of the Fascial Research Society. Here's what Sue Hitzman had to say about recovering from an injury:
"Sometimes when you have an acute pain, it’s not actually an acute trauma. You may have just accomplished 50 pull-ups in 50 seconds, but after you bend over and pick up your water bottle, your low back goes into spasm so you can’t stand upright. It may seem like an acute injury, but really it’s just a sudden chronic pain symptom. Your repetitive lifestyle of sitting at your desk for 8 hours before you did those pull-ups set your body up for this common, sudden pain.
Repetition, regardless if it’s movements like training for a sport or sitting at a desk in a static posture, can dehydrate your supportive connective tissue, leaving joints and muscles in a less-than-efficient state. Then you decide to do the intense training of CrossFit and you blow your back out. It may not be CrossFit that hurt you – it’s just the straw that broke the camel’s back, so to speak.
The MELT Method® is a simple self-treatment technique that reduces chronic pain and helps you stay healthy, youthful, and active for a lifetime. 10 minutes of MELT three times a week is all you need to reduce the effects of accumulated tension and stress caused by daily living. This revolutionary approach is backed by the latest science and acclaimed by hundreds of thousands of devoted MELTers around the world!"
MELT creator, New York City-based manual therapist and connective tissue specialist Sue Hitzmann has transformed groundbreaking neurofascial science and hands-on therapies into a one-of-a-kind treatment method called MELT. Using specialized techniques, a soft body roller, and four different small balls, MELT rehydrates the connective tissue, rebalances the nervous system, and restores space to compressed joints.