A Must Read (but read what I say below before clicking the link and leaving my blog, lol)...
This morning I came across what I consider a must-read article by Alex Hutchinson after reading his Sweat Science Blog. I was smiling ear to ear. Basically the article cites current research and makes a case for the same thing I've been saying for a while now -- don't load up on NSAIDs/painkillers to "treat" your injury; instead, let nature take its course. You're not treating and/or healing anything with the pills, you're just masking the pain and, worse, preventing the natural healing process from taking place.
The bottom line is: Natural swelling/inflammation from an acute injury is a positive thing because it means you're healing and affected tissues will grow back stronger. The pills screw that up. Not to mention, the traditional idea of R.I.C.E., mainly the ice, compression, elevation parts, aren't so wise either (especially ice, which majorly restricts blood flow, thus preventing swelling). However, the "R" in R.I.C.E., aka rest, is good when injured, even if we hate to admit it and stick to it, yea yea :) One more thing... there's a difference between acute and chronic swelling. Acute is OK, chronic is no bueno.
I guess the question comes down to this regarding acute injury: Do you NEED relief now or can you tough it out, heal naturally and come back stronger? If you need instant relief, go ahead and take your pills to mask the pain, but if you can wait, you'll be in better shape in the long run.
Hi Tawnee, great article! I'm recovering from a hamstring injury and turned down some advice to take Advil for exactly that reason. Of course I did take the advice to do yoga and that turned out to be my downfall; I think more should be written about identifying the root cause rather than treating the symptoms. I wrote about my experience here: http://brand.blogs.com/today/2010/11/preventing-hamstring-blowouts.htmlReplyDelete
Amen! Doctors today are nothing more than pill pushers and we Americans love are pills. Got a problem? Go to the doctor and get some pills. They don't work? Go back for more. Pills interfere with the brains natural ability to heal the body.ReplyDelete
Yup yup..been off NSAIDs for over 6 weeks now since BOUS. other than" one time a month," LOL i dont miss em!:)happy thanksgiving Tawnee!ReplyDelete
Couldn't agree more. Great read.ReplyDelete
thanks for posting.ReplyDelete
I found their max CHO intake article rather interesting as well!
Im in a love/hate relationship with R.I.C.E but you soon learn that recovery is just as important as those killer workouts you conger up in your sleep and think about all day at work. At least I do. Thanks for the linksReplyDelete
Agreed, great article, gonna share this one!ReplyDelete