Klaus Isele is a physiotherapist and osteopath who you might recognize as the climbing professional who helped Adam Ondra climb “Silence,” currently the hardest climb in the world. You can watch this climb on YouTube here.
Klaus conducted a pilot study for his Master’s Thesis that measured range of motion, pain intensity during climbing, quality of life, training volume, and training intensity in climbers with finger pain. All of the 60 climbers that completed the study reported improvements in all of the measured variables after being treated with the Isele-Method. A more in-depth look at his study can be found here.
|Klaus performing the "Chopstick Technique" on Q|
Most importantly, the Isele-Method encourages climbers to continue climbing (at the appropriate time) as opposed to just resting for months. This is done to preserve and maintain finger function needed for climbing.