The Project: Kuwait

Mohammed Ajialabi: Physical Therapist From Bahrain Discusses Breathing, Movement and his MMA Athletes' Therapy and Recovery

April 13, 2019 Season 1 Episode 40
The Project: Kuwait
Mohammed Ajialabi: Physical Therapist From Bahrain Discusses Breathing, Movement and his MMA Athletes' Therapy and Recovery
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The Project: Kuwait
Mohammed Ajialabi: Physical Therapist From Bahrain Discusses Breathing, Movement and his MMA Athletes' Therapy and Recovery
Apr 13, 2019 Season 1 Episode 40
Mahdi Aloun, Liam Glynn Guest Mohammed Aljallabi
Summary: On this episode of the Project Kuwait podcast, Liam and Mahdi are joined by Mohammed Ajialabi, a physical therapist from Bahrain who will blow listeners away with his insights on breathing and strategic movements that can improve your workouts and overall wellbeing. You likely have never thought about breathing and stretching this way before, and we hope you are able to start integrating his philosophies into your daily life.
Show Notes

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1:52 – Mohammed Ajialabi is a physical therapist who focuses on elite athletes. He became interested in helping people in this way by walking with his mom through treatment and physical therapy for her back pain. After studying in Jordan and working at hospitals and sports clubs in Bahrain for several years, he decided to open his own practice focused on his philosophies and ideals of helping people. They just celebrated the beginning of their third year in business.

5:24 – Mohammed spends some time every year helping CrossFit and MMA athletes in Kuwait. He is able to treat several athletes at the same event because he doesn’t need any fancy equipment to relieve their pain.

6:50 – He drops some of the names of prominent Kuwaiti athletes he has treated.

7:25 – In Kuwait and Bahrain, the most common injuries Mohammed treats are back injuries due to the lack of core activation and inactive breathing that people have. 

9:20 – In response to Mahdi’s question about how to activate the muscles that have been inactive all day at work, Mohammed says that the key is to move often and well during work, getting up from your desk every 30 minutes and doing activating stretches and be sure to prepare before working out.

12:45 – Mohammed says specifically that people sitting at desks all day may have weak hip flexors because their hip flexors get shorter if they are not frequently activated which can cause them to weaken. 

15:06 – Liam, Mahdi, and Mohammed talk about the benefits and drawbacks of wearing weight belts in certain situations.

18:25 – Mohammed says that most pain is originated from having an unstable core. A stable core promotes good joint movement and breathing, so an unstable core leads to many problems.

20:01 – Mahdi brings up dry needling in combination with corrective movements and Mohammed affirms that this combination is helpful for the body adjusting after injuries.

21:42 – Mohammed provides his recommendations for effective core work: learn to breathe well, switch on the brain with repetitions of lighter exercises, and consciously try to create those neural pathways.

24:50 – Liam and Mahdi talk about their experiences with controlling breathing, from playing baseball to during a session in the ice cold plunge pool.

28:40 – Mohammed says that Liam’s method of breathing in the plunge pool is great and he provides a warmer and drier exercise for those who aren’t as hard core as Liam. Laying on your back, bend your knees, put both hands on your chest, and breathe in for 5 seconds, hold for 5 seconds, and breathe out for 5 seconds, vacuuming in the stomach each time.

31:38 – Mohammed talks about common injuries sustained by MMA fighters and the different technique he uses to help them with their breathing and increase their mobility.

35:20 – In response to Mahdi’s observation that he feels great after doing chest fly exercises, Mohammed talks about the difference between passive and dynamic movements or stretches. 

38:45 – Liam asks if there is benefit in seeing a physical therapist even if you are not hurt. Mohammed says that it is important to have someone experienced who can watch your posture and mobility to reduce your risk of injury. 

40:57 – Mohammed emphasizes the importance of communication between the coach or trainer and the physical therapist.

Mohammed Aljallabi: https://www.instagram.com/mjallabi/?hl=en
Rubens Garcia Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rmotioncoach/

Movement Physical Therapy: http://www.movementbh.com/

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