2324 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116

Chiropractic for Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Sports Medicine Northwest is the official sports medicine team of Ivan Salaverry MMA in South Lake Union Seattle.  We work with the fiighters and competitors during their 8 week Fight Camp leading to their competition or event.  The way we use chiropractic for brazilian jiu jitsu and mma competitors is unique in our field.  After working with the MMA and BJJ communities for years, we are familiar with the patterns that develop in the fighting body.  BJJ players are never flat on their back.  They flex their spine to protect their necks, they keep their elbows tight the body to prevent giving up an underhook.  The natural result fo this defensive position resembles a curled fetal position.  (See picture of the guy in black below)


Our job as a staff is to correct any biomechanical imbalances that prevent our athlete from healing quickly and building durabilty.  To create balance and maintain joint stability in the brazilian jiu jitsu athlete, the practitioner must know how to passively and actively work the athlete’s shoulders through horizontal abduction, the middle back through extension.  We accomplish this with chiropractic adjustments but also through decompression tables, graston technique, sports massage and corrective exercises.


Seminar: Neck Strength For Brazilian Jiu Jitsu

Clinical Neck Strength:  The MMA Series

hosted by Dr. Skylar Pond at Ivan Salaverry MMA 

I was recently exposed to the world of brazilian jiu jitsu and like many others before me, I’ve been bitten by that bug.  To prepare for my latest appearance on Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge, I turned to the expertise of the staff at ISMMA.  Grappling put its hooks in me.

Long after the BSR episode came and went, I kept coming back to ISMMA for more.   What began as a quick crash course in techniques to successfully throttle hillbillies in the desert on the Country Music Television network has turned into its own journey.

As is my habit, I jumped into Jiu Jitsu head first and have the opportunity to test prevailing rehab concepts first hand.  Through that process I’ve developed an approach to strengthening the neck and spine specific for the MMA and Jiu Jitsu athlete.



Sunday February 25th at Ivan Salaverry MMA.

230 8TH AVE. N. SEATTLE, WA 98109



Provided for Ivan Salaverry MMA members.  Contact for availability if not a member.

How to The Best Sandbag For Throwing and Strength Training

Building a simple homemade sandbag is straightforward stuff, but not the sort that you can throw in movements such as sandbag cleans pictured below.

To build the best sandbag for throwing as well as strength training, a few steps are in order.

Step 1-  Assemble your materials:

  • #50 sand tube from your local hardware store
  • 1 Husky brand contractor garbage bag
  • 2 Zip Ties
  • 1 Roll of Duct Tape
  • 1 Roll of Fiber Fix 10x Tape
  • 1 Box Cutter
  • Scale

Turn the bag upside down and cut the bottom off of the bag.  Pro Tip-  Always cut off those corners lest your bag has ears like this:

Remove scoops or coffee cups of sand until you reach the desired weight.

Zip tie both ends of the bag and cut off excess bag material from above the tie.

Wrap it up:

  • Begin with a single layer of coverage of the entire bag with the normal silver duct tape
  • Roll the sand bag in the Husky Contractor Garbage Bag
  • Apply a second layer of silver duct tape.
  • This is all that is needed for a normal bag that you don’t plan to throw or drop
  • For a sandbag that will hold up to throws, cleans, and drops, apply a layer of Fiber Fix 10x fiber tape.
  • Top it off with a couple stripes of silver for style


The Three Stretches You Should Avoid After a Car Accident

After a car accident muscles progressively shorten and tighten in the days that follow.  It is a protection mechanism that the body uses to guard against the next possible unexpected impact.  Most patients mistakenly take that sensation of “tightness” as sign that prolonged stretching is needed.  In reality, those tissues were likely injured by excessive stretching and the last thing that will help them is more stretching.  What is needed is a medical examination, a diagnosis and a comprehensive treatment plan including massage and progressive active range of motion and exercise.

If you google searched “neck stretches” the following three stretches were in the top post listed:

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These 3 stretches would aggravate the typical auto accident whiplash by compressing the spine and pulling injured tissues that are trying to heal.


To initiate self-care, instead of stretching, mobilize.   Work your spine through the range of full, pain-free active range of motion.  Also, begin to reintegrate spinal stabilizing musculature.  Begin with Cat-Camel, Quadruped and Dead bug.


Even what appears to be a minor injury from a car accident can result in permanent changes to the spine so be sure to have an experienced staff perform a full medical exam as one of your first steps of action following a car crash.


Assault – Studies show that it won’t help you 1RM but it could help you PR your Fran.


Many CrossFit types dabble in pre-workout to get mentally (or physically?) prepped for heavy 1RM lifts.  The attached studies surprisingly demonstrate that the caffeine laden supplement has no impact on 1RM bench press, leg press, vertical jump or medicine ball put (MBP).  These are all measures of 1RM power output.


The supplement did however, measurably improve Anearobic capacity and delayed muscle fatigue in submaximal bench press, leg press, and in the Wingate Anaerobic Power Test, and intermittent anaerobic running capacity.  Check the linked studies.  While they lack a large sample size, 13 is considered to be large enough to yield reliable information and they have the proper controls in place.

Study Link #1– assault-improves-muscular-endurance

Study Link #2– assault-study