Climbing Injuries & Amatsu Thearpy

25 Sep 2013 13:27

Over the Summer months you may have seen, or been treated, by Alex Mosco - an Amatsu Therapy Practitioner - in The Climbing Works. Alex has treated quite alot of climbers and runs a Friday clinic in our activity room within the Mini Works. We asked Alex to summarize some of the common ailments and issues he has seen from the climbing community over the Summer months:


Firstly I’d like express my gratitude to everyone participating in the Amatsu Drop-In Clinics on Thursdays. People have asked “what are you doing?”, “where does Amatsu come from?”, “how did you get into it?”, “can you look at my…?”, and “I think this is ok, but can you just check?”

If you were one of those people, hopefully I was able to answer your questions. If you decided to get on the treatment couch for a free session, I hope you benefited. If you booked online for a full balance, I know you benefited- you’ve told me yourselves! I have genuinely enjoyed treating people and found it interesting and beneficial to my continuing studies and since June I’ve noticed some climbing specific common complaints.

They have been among others:
• Tight shoulders.
• Stiff lumbars.
• Painful wrists and elbows.
• Restrictions in hip movement.
• Neck problems and headaches.
• Sciatic symptoms.

Amatsu Therapy asks “Are these complaints isolated as one issue? Do they stand alone?” Well, the short answer is “No”. Put simply injuries, niggles, pain and stiffness are often related to other issues in the body. They are a symptom or a cause. It’s often the case that people are unaware of a problem in an area of the body until they have something else looked at owing to these interconnected relationships.

If we take the classic example of shoulder pain, stiffness at the joint, and it “only hurting in this position” then Amatsu Therapy diagnoses areas around a joint to assess their quality of movement.

What we find and diagnose in Amatsu are common links contributing to pain or restriction in the body. With the shoulder one related structure is the neck. Because the neck is held on the spine over the shoulders, problems in either can affect the function of the other. Amatsu assesses to see where dysfunction lies and treats accordingly.

Hopefully it’s becoming clearer at this stage that just because pain and restriction are present in one area of the body, other structures can influence these. When over-worked muscle tissue and fascia become tight around our shoulder, or neck, they hold the joints in an unnatural position. Now dysfunctional, the body will compensate in order to move around these problems.

Treating climbers it's easy to see that after a few hard pulls, pops into far off holds, a knee drop, and a toe and heel hook here or there means that the body will get twisted up from time to time. The spine has to deal with that motion. This means that the spine needs mobility to help allow other parts further up (near the shoulder for eg) to work correctly.

Tight muscles around the spine really can impact shoulder mobility. Muscular restrictions really can stop bones and joints from moving correctly. Restrictions and dysfunction in one area of the body really can create issues in another. No one issue is an isolated case and the body is global. In Amatsu we refer to this Biotensegrity.

Amatsu Therapy diagnoses by Muscle Testing, palpation and touch to feel restrictions around an area, as well as observing a person’s gait (ability to walk) determining asymmetry in the body. Amatsu Therapy treats the body globally, diagnoses the cause of symptoms, treats these as a priority, and treats key structures from the feet upwards.

Listen to your body, and look after yourself and when needs be, have the problems resolved
Thursday Drop-In Clinic:
• Once per month from 10th October.
• Drop-In Services from 4:30pm until 9:45pm.

Friday Clinic in the Mini Works:
• Price increase from 10th October.
• £35 per hour long Balance.
You can book in for a session online via The Climbing Works website>>