LOS ANGELES, Calif. (Ivanhoe Newswire) – Almost ten million people run, fist jam, and solo their way to the top of boulders, boulders and mountains. Rock climbing is on the rise in popularity, inspired both by a growing number of indoor gyms and by young people looking for an extreme sport to challenge their body and mind. Rock climbing even made its debut at this year’s Olympics. But as Ivanhoe reports, any sport leads to injury. And now rock climbing has its own rehab.
Chase James climbs two to three times a week… putting all of his weight on the tips of his fingers and toes.
“Just that part of my finger is on the rock,” James pointed out.
But with this unique sport comes unique injuries.
“All of a sudden, just bam, I heard a pop. And I knew I had a tendon pierced in my hand,” James continued.
It is one of the most common injuries among climbers.
Another climber and physiotherapist, Jason Hooper, PT, DPT, OCS, SCS with UC San Diego Health, uses new therapies to get climbers back to the rock face faster.
“The rehab process can traditionally be a bit too much, like one-dimensional, and not reach the extreme training levels a climber might need,” Hooper explained.
This pneumatic pressure harness allows injured climbers to mimic the finger positions of climbers without their body weight.
“With the push of a button, I just lost 30 pounds. So when they’re going to hang on to that, it’s obviously going to make them lighter and it’s going to eliminate that risk of injury, ”said Hooper.
Another machine measures a person’s strength in a single joint and tracks improvement.
James spent three months rehabilitating his fingers, strengthening his hands and perfecting his form at home. Now he’s getting back to it.
“This is a portable hanging board. This allows you to warm your fingers before you climb, ”James shared.
Make sure he takes the time to warm up before climbing another wall.
We’ve seen how risky it is, but rock climbing is a great form of exercise. A study from the British Journal of Sports Medicine found that climbing is as good for cardio as running an eight-minute mile. And experts say it can be an effective treatment for anxiety and depression. This is due to an increased sense of self-worth, accomplishment, and self-control.