“I combine the best Sports Acupuncture and Myofascial Therapies… providing fast, effective pain relief for athletes of all ages and abilities.”
– Todd Fluck M.Ac., L.Ac., Dipl.Ac.
Therapies for CrossFit
(Todd Fluck not only practices Sports Acupunture, he also trains at CrossFit. Unlike many healthcare professionals, he understands CrossFitters and knows how to work with them.)
Four of the most effective therapies for CrossFit injuries are:
- Acupuncture – Acupuncture is a time-tested modality utilized for a multitude of imbalances that occur in the body. Very thin solid needles are placed into specific points of muscular tension or knotting. The treatment identifies and releases the tension. Acupuncture treatment is one of the most effective and noninvasive methods to treat pain, while restoring range of motion and functionality in a damaged muscle group. Acupuncture accurately localizes and frees obstructive muscle tension and pain commonly experienced in Crossfit exercises such as Kettle Bell swings, Box jumps, Olympic lifts and Muscle ups.
- Dry Needling – Dry Needling, also known as Trigger Point Therapy or Biomedical acupuncture uses a western framework of biomedical principles including neuro-anatomically defined pathways and neuro-trigger point systems for treatment. The trained TDN therapist uses a small, dense filament needle which is inserted into a contracted painful knotted muscle to create a local spasm reaction which is both diagnostic and therapeutic. The spasm breaks the pain cycle and begins to decrease muscle contraction. Dry needling is quickly becoming one of the most popular therapies for CrossFit.
- Cupping Therapy – Cupping therapy entails the use of silicone polymer cups that are placed directly over and around the source of your pain or stiffness. The negative pressure that is created keeps the cups in place by drawing the superficial layers of skin up into the cup. This gentle suction effect stretches the tissue, increases circulation and dramatically improves mobility. Cupping therapy can also involve placing a plastic cup on the skin and pumping air out of the space inside the cup. This creates suction that interrupts the capillaries, the small blood vessels near the surface of the skin, and results in red marks where the cup was. These were the circles seen on many athletes like Michael Phelps in the 2016 Summer Olympics. Phelps has helped cupping to become a one of the top requested therapies for CrossFit.
- Guasha – Gua Sha is an ancient manual therapy method in Chinese medicine that’s used to treat everything from tendonitis and golfer’s and tennis elbow to shin splints and back and heel pain. In Gua Sha, the skin surrounding the affected area is oiled and then pressured and scraped with a rounded tool. The tools are easy to hold and allow the clinician to work around bony landmarks where tendons attach. The method has been described as re-injuring an area to stimulate healing.
Benefits of Therapies for CrossFit
The expected results from these four therapies is the stimulation of tissue repair, leading to:
- decreased stiffness and pain.
- increased range of motion and function.
- decreased total treatment time, thus allowing an early return to your CrossFit training routine.
Benefits of working with Todd Fluck:
- Trusted by South Jersey with pain and stress relief since 2006.
- Let Todd’s experience save you time and money by eliminating the guesswork.
- Licensed Acupuncturist and Massage Therapist
- Certified In Rolf Method of Structural Integration
- Highly skilled in trigger point, myofascial release, cupping, and IASTM
- Sports Injuries
- Pain Relief
- Stress Management
Todd’s treatment style is based on years of clinical experience, extensive knowledge of human physiology, and the application of an ancient knowledge base that has evolved over thousands of years. His treatments are rooted in tangible biomedical principles and reliable theories based on empirical evidence. Acupuncture effectively brings the nervous system into balance; calming pain signals and releasing spasms in the body. Acupuncture reduces the effects of stress on the body and mind. Providing alternative health care since 2006, Todd has earned his reputation in the community and delivers top level customer service. Working closely with physicians, Todd also maintains an integrative medical approach. Serving Marlton, Medford, Cherry Hill, Voorhees and surrounding communities, Todd specializes in Pain Management, Sports Medicine, Neuropathy, and Stress Management.
I have been battling a shoulder injury for almost two years. My training in the sport of fitness was suffering and I was mentally feeling very defeated. After trying just about everything, I was referred by a friend to see Todd. After only two visits my shoulder no longer was an issue in training. My only regret about visiting Todd is that I did not find him sooner. I would recommend him to anyone looking to fix an occurring problem or hoping to prevent one in the future. Todd has played a huge role in my success as a Crossfit athlete.KELLY BAKER
I’ve pushed my body to its limits with nearly 20 years in the NHL. Todd helped me by working on some tight, over-trained muscles. Todd’s deep muscle and fascia work also helped get me through some tough pre-season training. I would recommend Todd to family, friends and team mates.IAN LAPERRIÈRE
Todd has an ability to identify and work out small problems before they become big problems. Regular treatments are as important to my training and injury prevention as any exercises I do at the gym or track. I’d recommend Todd to any athlete who wants to train consistently and without pain.ERIN DONOHUE
I was shocked at the immediate relief I hadn’t had in years! From back injuries, to hips, shoulders and more, Todd has yet to let me down and has treated each with the same great results consistently. I feel like a “new” person when I walk out of his office! My muscles, joints and tendons are ready for some more action on the mat!BRAD DADDIS
Why Choose Us
There are very few people trained in Acupuncture and Rolfing. Both practices can stand on their own as very effective modalities. With years of clinical experience in pain relief and functional improvement, Todd views the body in a distinct way and has combined the principles of Acupuncture and Rolfing to create a unique healing system.
Acupuncture is proven by solid research to be effective for treating pain and reducing the effects of stress. Rolfing and Myofascial Therapies are also extremely effective for pain relief and stress reduction. The goal is to draw from the best of both practices and combine them to be as effective as possible.
Since 2006, Todd has effectively helped the community with pain relief and stress management. He has a proven track record and testimonials from a wide range of people. Through continuous study and practice, Todd has developed and honed his skills and expertise to provide you with a relaxed and comfortable experience.
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Therapies for CrossFit – Training & Injury
What is CrossFit Training?
CrossFit is a strength and conditioning program consisting mainly of a mix of aerobic exercise, calisthenics and Olympic style weightlifting. CrossFit, Inc. defines its strength and conditioning program as “constantly varied functional movements executed at high intensity across broad time and modal domains”. In short, it packs a really strenuous workout into a short amount of time.
The original CrossFit gym opened in 2000 in Santa Cruz, California, and the first affiliated gym, CrossFit North in Seattle, Washington followed. Today there are more than 13,000 CrossFit Gyms worldwide with half of that number located in the United States. The gyms use equipment from multiple disciplines, including dumbbells, barbells, gymnastics rings, pull-up bars, jump ropes, resistance bands, kettlebells, medicine balls, plyo boxes, rowing machines, and various mats. CrossFit, Inc. licenses the brand name to gyms for an annual fee and certifies trainers. The affiliate Gym locations are referred to by CrossFit athletes or enthusiasts of the CrossFit program as “boxes”. Hour-long classes typically include a warm-up, a skill development section, the high-intensity workout of the day, and a period of individual or group stretching.
The Risk of Injury
There is a risk of injury in every sport or conditioning program that gets you off the couch. CrossFit Training is no different. While small isolated studies from Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and the Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine indicate a higher incidence of shoulder, back and knee injuries, there just haven’t been enough studies
Injury can be a common occurrence whether you are a CrossFit participant who has disregarded the importance of form, or you have just done too much too fast. The three most common conditions that participants experience in Crossfit Training are:
- Lower back pain – usually caused by an overload of the lumbar spine after performing squats and deadlifts. Symptoms may vary from sudden severe pain, to stiffness, spasms, and chronic soreness. While a back-support brace and keeping the back warm can help relieve the pressure or pain temporarily, rest and treatment will ultimately be needed. Lower back pain temporarily also means using no additional resistance in any movement where your shoulders need to be higher than your hips. That pretty much restricts you to the bench press for free weights.
- Anterior Shoulder Impingement – rotator cuff tendon typically experienced by the inability maintain the shoulder joint in its correct position. The condition can be caused by poor posture or repetitive overhead movements such as throwing, swinging, or even swimming.
- Anterior Knee pain – pain in the kneecap or front of the knee normally caused by an overload of the joint from muscle imbalance around the thigh. It is one of the most common reasons why active people seek healthcare. Every year, 2.5 million runners are diagnosed with patellofemoral pain.
Regrettably, 74% of people that experience this issue will decrease their overall physical activity levels for at least 5 years after they experience the initial pain, and between 70% to 90% will experience more than 1 episode of pain without treatment. Athletes experiencing any pain or discomfort before, during or after training should make an appointment for any of the above therapies for CrossFit.