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Mavericks Invitational 2014

In celebration of the Mavericks Invitational 2014 this Friday, I asked our chiropractors what are the most common injuries they see in surfers.  The results were unanimous.  My brothers and sisters of the water you most commonly suffer from rotator cuff injuries due to paddling and low back strains from hyper extension when lying on the board.

Here is what you can do about it.  For the rotator cuff focus on posterior capsule stretches and chest/pectoral muscle stretches.  I will add some examples below.

And for the low back strain the classic cat/cow stretch is best, but really you need to strengthen your core, bridges can help with that (not to mention Pilates).

The Active Release Techniques that we specialize in here at FitWell Chiropractic Sports Medicine helps by breaking up adhesions that form in the rotator cuff created by the repetitive action of paddling.  The chiropractic maintains joint alignment which improves kinesthetic performance or your body’s ability to know where it is in space.

Enjoy the waves!  Aloha!  -Rikke

For more info on the event or to watch (from a safe location) go to http://www.mavericksinvitational.com/

Surfer exercises

Active Release Techniques ® (ART)

Active Release Techniques ® (ART) treatment is a hands-on case-management system that allows us to diagnose and treat soft tissue injuries.

Complete Chiropractic Care

While the modern concept of chiropractic is just over one hundred years old, joint manipulation is one of the oldest forms of healthcare.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage is the manipulation of the muscles and tissues of the body to prevent and alleviate pain, discomfort, and stress.

Functional Rehabilitation

At FitWell our concept of progressive rehabilitation encompasses many forms of what is known as active care.



  • 7x7 Best of the Bay 2017

    “Marathoners and mountain climbers trust Lisa Covey and her team at FitWell Chiropractic Sports Medicine (900 Noe St., Castro) to cure acute injuries and chronic nuisances through a menu of offerings that includes Active Release Technique (ART), functional rehab, massage therapy, and even Pilates.”

    – 7×7 Best of the Bay Area 2017


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