Clinical Use of the Kettlebell - Part 2

A powerful fitness tool, the kettlebell is also extremely beneficial in the clinical setting to help in relieving pain, recovering from injury, and improving movement and strength for long term pain relief.

Here are a few reasons the kettlebell can be so beneficial in reaching clinical goals.

1. Balance/Proprioceptive Training

While balance/proprioceptive training is easier to achieve for the lower extremity, it's always been a bit more difficult for upper extremity injuries. The 'Bottom's Up' position of the kettlebell allows the clinician to improve strength, balance, and proprioception of the shoulder/elbow/wrist at the same time.

Example Shown: 'Bottom's Up Presses'

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2. Functional Core Strengthening

Isolated core strengthening often doesn't translate into real world activities (how often has your sit up or toe touches come in handy our side the gym?). Kettlebells allow you to improve core strength and coordination with functional movements that will be beneficial outside the clinic/gym setting.

Example Shown: Farmer's Carries

3. Unilateral Training

Training the body unilaterally (one side at a time) allows clinicians to account for any side to side imbalances that occur after an injury and often lead to future injuries. Kettlebells allow you to easily train one side at a time, not allowing the body to compensate with the 'dominant side'

Example Shown: Overhead 'Bottom's Up' Lunge.

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