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Old 04-04-2013, 03:26 AM   #1
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It seems we don't have a forum that deals specifically with injuries. I can never remember, is it heat or ice for a muscle pull? Or something else?
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Is it strained or torn? Middle of the muscle belly or joint?
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:23 AM   #3
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I would say it is strained. It's in my upper back kinda like in the trap around the shoulder blade area.
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Use heat: tiger balm or something similar and also perform the following stretches:

Lie on back, pull one knee to the chest, hold for 10-15 seconds and then switch legs, then do both at the same time
Stretch your lats by holding onto a door frame with a flat back bent at the waist and tilt your hips to the side opposite to the hand holding the door

Those two things combined should help. Let me know how you get on.
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Use heat: tiger balm or something similar and also perform the following stretches:

Lie on back, pull one knee to the chest, hold for 10-15 seconds and then switch legs, then do both at the same time
Stretch your lats by holding onto a door frame with a flat back bent at the waist and tilt your hips to the side opposite to the hand holding the door

Those two things combined should help. Let me know how you get on.
I'll give that try. Thanks LtL
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For heat, wherever you can, you'd be better off using a heating pad or a warm water bottle because they give heat to the area; the only thing the rubs do, all of them, is irritate the skin enough to make sure the body responds to the irritation and therefore block the pain signals which is how they work but they don't radiate heat of any kind, we may think they do but it's a false heat sensation, unlike with ice and cold gels which do work in the manner of cooling..don't ask me why they don't have a heat rub that actually does heat the area, I've no idea.


I was surprised when I read about this.
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Well, all I have is a heating pad, so I'm good there Thanks Babs
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For heat, wherever you can, you'd be better off using a heating pad or a warm water bottle because they give heat to the area; the only thing the rubs do, all of them, is irritate the skin enough to make sure the body responds to the irritation and therefore block the pain signals which is how they work but they don't radiate heat of any kind, we may think they do but it's a false heat sensation, unlike with ice and cold gels which do work in the manner of cooling..don't ask me why they don't have a heat rub that actually does heat the area, I've no idea.


I was surprised when I read about this.
I like the increased bloodflow I get from the topical treatments. If I have tightness in a certain muscle I use deep heat during my warm-up and that extra blood flow and warmth is normally enough to loosen me up. I have probably read the same article as you but I'm not sure I agree with it...
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I like the increased bloodflow I get from the topical treatments. If I have tightness in a certain muscle I use deep heat during my warm-up and that extra blood flow and warmth is normally enough to loosen me up. I have probably read the same article as you but I'm not sure I agree with it...
True, it does seem a little weird and deep heat style rubs do tend to make things feel better, I just wonder if they do anything as such other than mask the pain and kind of radiate a sort of warmth which makes it easier for us to move the area...not that it's a bad thing if it does, it's still working, that way as well, in addition to having to rub the stuff in which would also ease the area.
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In regards to icing...

People, We’ve Got to Stop Icing. We Were Wrong, Sooo Wrong. | Mobility WOD

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Have you tried both heat and compression (with movement)? Depending on the area, and the severity of the "strain," rest with active compression/movement is all that seems to work for me.

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