Climbing is booming, even in the hall. For the health, going up to the heights has immense benefits. The myth of the icy cliff, which generates awe among mountaineers, floats at best like a breeze through this large area on the Lower Rhine. There the flat alpinist can climb his private Eiger, his Great Pinnacle or his Matterhorn. There is no fear because the ceiling of the hall is at most 13 meters high. You do not have to go to the mountain at 3 o’clock, the karabiners are not exposed to the weather, avalanches are unlikely. Rather, there is applause that you have overcome and how a reptile crawled into the air.
Climbing is booming – and yet it is an age-old discipline, an archaic instinct of man: from toddler legs he wants high and higher. The big green is in all of us, and what is the one apple tree, the next is the loft bed and the third the wall unit in the living room. This climbing impulse is harnessed by healing professions. Children from the couch are to sniff the high-altitude air and do not allow their fingers and hands to wander over the smartphone but via handle elements. Suddenly, her body feels the leg muscles vividly, when the feet are looking for support so that the body can push upwards. Friends are vital here, so they can secure the way on the wall from the ground and spur it on, not by the app. Attention does not focus on a thousand medial pieces of information at the same time, it’s about concentrating on oneself, one’s body and the best way up.
The action phases of the muscles are easy to recognize. When you watch, you can see how climbing mobilizes the body: The action phases of the muscles between tension, pressure, stretching, stretching and relaxation are clearly visible.
In a playful way, they have strengthened their muscle function chains, the shoulder girdle, the back, the arms and legs, the fingers and the heart muscle as well: climbing is exhausting. Gravity and your own weight are overcome on the climbing wall with a muscular overall program that is more extensive than any fitness equipment. At the same time, climber perceived themselves and the body in three-dimensional space; they have tested what is difficult on the wall and what is easy.
Sick people can benefit from the demands of the climbing wall in terms of rehabilitation. Already many children and adolescents suffer from postural disorders that drive them – the typical vicious circle – into immobility and apathy. On the climbing wall, they learn to train their body and maybe to love again. Older persons suffering from disc problems or even scoliosis (lateral deviation of the spinal column from the longitudinal axis with twisting of the vertebrae); who have gotten an artificial hip or knee joint or are even supposed to get up to speed after surgery; have grief with restricted shoulder joints – these sufferers find on the climbing wall a pleasurable and very motivating therapy. Not to mention the preventive aspect of a workout of the entire musculature.
No one has to fear the fingers: the legs do the most work. Whoever fears for his tender fingers or his thin upper arms, is to say: Climbing is not a consequence of pull-ups, one pushes himself up against the wall, above all through the work of the leg musculature. And who spends his life hunched in front of the PC, here has the experience that he has to stretch his trunk and thereby stabilizes his body in the erection.
But climbing is also a sport for the brain. Educators and physiotherapists have found that children with reading and writing difficulties suddenly become better at school when they start climbing. By constantly crossing the middle of the body, the two halves of the brain are interconnected, which increases the mental performance. And pediatricians report that they have improved in ADHD children who have been experiencing poor concentration and restlessness after having regularly gone on a climbing course. In other neurological conditions such as the slight stroke or multiple sclerosis professionals also swear on therapeutic climbing.
Even psychiatrists and psychotherapists know candidates for climbing. If you put a fear patient literally on the wall, he will first get the shiver. But then he gains step by step, step by step, step by step, meter by meter, something that he had lost: self-confidence. At the same time, because he is hanging on someone else’s rope, he enters a situation that does not seem to make him any less uncomfortable: he has to trust. Can drop yourself. And know that he will be caught.
Some other advantages of doing this exercise are body awareness being consolidated, the orientation in space is trained, the strength in the extremities increased, and the economy of the movements trained. You do not have to be ten meters high. Two meters above sea level are already a lot if you have never done that before.