Oh My Aching Muscles – Miseries
One of the many miseries that can accompany a whacked-out thyroid-or any member of the endocrine system, for that matter-is muscle pain – aching muscles.
Your muscles knot up. They lose flexibility. They make you creak like you’re 102. And through it all, they hurt.
If you know a good physical therapist, or a good chiropractor or even somebody who gives a good massage, make an appointment. But notice I qualified each of them with ‘good.’ Bad treatments can make things worse instead of better.
If getting help isn’t possible-or in between visits even if it is-here are three things to help you help yourself.
Ice the muscles
First, consider applying ice packs-or bags of frozen vegetables. Put one towel-thickness between you and the ice and spend twenty minutes, twice a day, with it.
Ice doesn’t feel good, though, so people usually apply heat instead. Heat feels great, but it’s almost always murder on muscle knots.
Here’s how you tell: An hour after cozying up with an ice pack, you feel better. An hour after heat, though, Hoo Boy, you hurt.
Another big-time help is a massager. I have a Homedics percussive massager. At full strength, it can beat the tar out of my muscles, in a feel-good-pain kind of way. If I have an injury, I back off to the old-style massager that looks like a bagel lying on top of a fat stick.
Starting at the top of my spine, I let the massager pound in place for a count of twenty, move it down an inch or so and give it another count of twenty-and so on.
You’ll know it’s working when you start itching. If the massager doesn’t make you itch, you probably don’t need it.
Massaging knotted muscles restores blood flow. To celebrate this pain-relieving accomplishment, the newly released trigger points itch like crazy.
Finally, fortifying your body with good vitamins and minerals keeps pain away, too. For one instance, magnesium prevents muscle cramps-and almost all of us are magnesium-deficient.
Here’s the happy ending: Once you get things get under a bit of control, it doesn’t take much regular attention to keep moving in the right direction.
God is good,
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P.S. Bette Dowdell is not a doctor, nor does she purport to be She’s a patient who’s been studying and successfully handling her own endocrine problems for more than 30 years. She offers introductory teleseminars and an in-depth 12-month subscription program, “Moving to Health” about living well with endocrine issues. She explains how things work-or don’t, discusses what things to avoid as well as the things that help, and she provides a lot of well-researched nutritional information. Subscribe to her free e-zine at Information is power.