Saturday, April 17, 2010

DAY 52 - Make Mine Shaken With Tequila

  DAY 52 LOG


Who would have imagined that I would be in PAIN, after YOGA! It is so peaceful and relaxing. Just stretching and breathing. Ouch ..

Where? My entire body with flames coming out between my shoulder blades. Stomach area and bit of quad area  - but that just feels like good pain. The pain in upper back is very annoying.
Glad that I have a week to recover.

Therapy Investigated

Since I found it rather absurd that I am suffering so much PAIN, I investigated YOGA pain, and therapy for muscle pain. Surprisingly many people do have PAIN after yoga due to overextending and well .. due to lack of exercise. If you are a lump for several years and then decide to move - your muscles will yell at you! What were you thinking?

To be fair however, some of my pain was present before the Yoga due to STRESS and sitting bent over a computer monitor for 18 hours a day. Stretching felt good. But clearly I have some work to do to get these muscles in shape and relaxed.

Relief methods are to use hot or cold therapy, and alternate between, ultimately finding what works for your body the best. Athletes appear to be masochists as believe ICE therapy is the only way to go.

From Sports Medicine 

After Exercise Ice Bath - Does It Help Recovery?

Taking an after exercise plunge in an ice water bath (a tub of 12 to 15 degrees Celsius ice water) is a common practice among many elite athletes as a way to recover faster, and reduce muscle pain and soreness after intense training sessions or competitions. From elite runners like Paula Radcliff to nearly all professional rugby players, the ice bath is a standard practice routine. In addition to the ice bath, some athletes use and contrast water therapy (alternating between cold water and warmer water) to get the same effect.

They did find in there review of studies that it is not actually 'good' for you - so more of just athletic drama. Regardless of the studies and scientific support to prove it, many athletes swear by the ice bath.
Others - myself included, have found that alternating cool water treatment with hot tub to be more effective.

I have found that sitting in a hot tub at about 40 degrees Celsius
- with a Margarita  with ICE to be proven to reduce pain 
   almost immediately. 

Of course the number of Margaritas or like beverages should be limited to a maximum of 2 - 3, or additional injuries may be received. Reminds me of a story about a hot tub and a pitcher of Black Russian Cocktails,  a tumble out of the hot tub, strained tendons in thumb - and discovering that ICE is definitely NOT the correct therapy for tendon injuries.

Again, I digress.

It seems that ICE would feel good in the most painful area of my back back  - so what do I use, or just throw some ice on the floor and lay on it?

Please Pass the Peas

Appears that fact that many people grab a bag of frozen peas to use for pain therapy
- frozen corn works as well
- manufacturers developed Peas Cold Therapy.
Latex free pack is filled with pea-like beads. I found this very cute packs for children that are better than wrapping an entire package of frozen peas around a small wounded finger.

Ahh... they are so cute - however seems discontinued as children bit into them and tried eating the pea-like beads.  Although they are supposedly non-toxic.

Adult versions can be purchased and even has a nifty knee pad shaped like a donut.

And how about using real peas?  PeaPodZ™
Invention by Shelley Doherty,  a teacher of learning disabled children, discovered the benefits of frozen peas for reducing swelling and pain relief - but smaller closed packaging that can be reused occurred to her. 

 All Great Ideas ... BUT

The hot tub with the ice in the Margarita seems by far the best choice for me.  I do not have a hot tub available ... so a nice warm shower or bath will do and wrapped in cozy bathrobe .... sipping my ice in my Margarita ... seems just the right thing!!

... And as for weight loss

Check this out - Skinny Girl Margarita   by Bethenny Frankel
As well as Bethenny's books !!


... darleen & jan


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