OT. Heating Pads

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Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2020 - 7:15am

I've been walking a lot, and I 4ecently got some hip soreness. I never take medicine, but this was actually hurting a bit.

My wife told me to use the heating pad, which I've always avoided, associating it with geritol and decrepitude.

Well, anyway. If like me you've been thinking you're above the pad, I urge you to try a heating pad for muscle aches or soreness. I cannot believe how effective it is.

I love the heating pad. It may be my most prized possession now.

Submitted by teaboy on April 12, 2020 - 9:39am.

Rice heating pad or another type? What’s the consensus on the best type?

Also, what’s ur opinion on ice-ing painful joints? I’ve never been able to find any scientific literature on why ice-ing is beneficial.
Since inflammation & swelling are the body’s natural response to injury (honed thru evolution) doing anything to prevent/reduce that response seems counterintuitive to me.

tb

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 12, 2020 - 10:09am.

This is just a soft electric blanket type

Submitted by Coronita on April 12, 2020 - 5:52pm.

I like my shiatsu massage chair. Yes,they are pricey, but you can't put a price on comfort. Get the ones made by Japanese companies , not the Chinese knockoffs.

Submitted by outtamojo on April 12, 2020 - 11:43am.

teaboy wrote:
Rice heating pad or another type? What’s the consensus on the best type?

Also, what’s ur opinion on ice-ing painful joints? I’ve never been able to find any scientific literature on why ice-ing is beneficial.
Since inflammation & swelling are the body’s natural response to injury (honed thru evolution) doing anything to prevent/reduce that response seems counterintuitive to me.

tb

The regime for athletes has for the most part been ice immediately after activity and heat the next day for residual pain.
For me as a weekend warrior this seems to work well. The use of ice would depend on what your goals are.
Professional athletes all seem to use the full body ice bath - I have seen a few
mentions over the years that doing this after a workout will hinder muscle gain.
Me I just wanna feel good enough to workout again the next day so I stick to icing immediately for joint/muscle pain then heat afterwards.

Submitted by FlyerInHi on April 12, 2020 - 2:44pm.

teaboy wrote:
Rice heating pad or another type? What’s the consensus on the best type?

Also, what’s ur opinion on ice-ing painful joints? I’ve never been able to find any scientific literature on why ice-ing is beneficial.
Since inflammation & swelling are the body’s natural response to injury (honed thru evolution) doing anything to prevent/reduce that response seems counterintuitive to me.

tb

I am with you. I believe in the natural healing of the body. Like scaredy, I don’t take any medicine and just let the body heal. I just deal with minor aches and pains. If you don’t think about the pain, it goes away (studies have shown the placebo effect pain killers).

About 2 months ago, I had lower back pain on the left side from overzealous home improvement. The pain took about 2 weeks to go away on its own. But I have to admit that the heated seat in the car felt good (I rarely use it).

What athletes do it different from what people who want long term endurance and longevity should do. Athletes don’t live that long and they often suffer chronic problems in old age.

Submitted by sdduuuude on April 13, 2020 - 9:23am.

Pretty much all sports injuries are best treated with RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. This was true true when I was a kid and now, after 15 years of youth sports.

Doctors and sports chiropractors often tell us to take advil also when nursing an injury.

All seeking to reduce swelling and pain.

I have heard "always ice, never heat" for injuries in younger people and alternate ice and heat for older people.

Knowing scaredy isn't a "young person" I think you might try heat first, then ice. Heat loosens things up and ice to kill the pain. Advil would probably help alot.

My dad swore by glucosamine for joint pain, He died at 87 and never took vitamins or supplements or bought into any "alternative" medicine. Until he took glucosamine. He said it worked and recommended it to everyone who ever complained of joint pain.

Submitted by svelte on April 13, 2020 - 11:39am.

sdduuuude wrote:

My dad swore by glucosamine for joint pain, He died at 87 and never took vitamins or supplements or bought into any "alternative" medicine. Until he took glucosamine. He said it worked and recommended it to everyone who ever complained of joint pain.

My dad too. Even gave his old dog glucosamine/chondroitin pills every day. He swore by the stuff.

Submitted by teaboy on April 13, 2020 - 11:52am.

sdduuuude wrote:
Pretty much all sports injuries are best treated with RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

Yeah, but based on what clinical results was this adopted?

tb

Submitted by sdduuuude on April 13, 2020 - 12:28pm.

teaboy wrote:
sdduuuude wrote:
Pretty much all sports injuries are best treated with RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

Yeah, but based on what clinical results was this adopted?

tb

I think it is empirical. Twist both ankles: heat one, ice the other. See which heals first. My money on ice.

Submitted by sdduuuude on April 13, 2020 - 12:40pm.

sdduuuude wrote:
teaboy wrote:
sdduuuude wrote:
Pretty much all sports injuries are best treated with RICE = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation.

Yeah, but based on what clinical results was this adopted?

tb

I think it is empirical. Twist both ankles: heat one, ice the other. See which heals first. My money on ice.

Maybe you are onto something.

https://www.verywellfit.com/when-to-ice-...

Submitted by outtamojo on April 13, 2020 - 2:09pm.

Without empirical evidence I do believe that your body heals better without ice but how long can we go without use of the affected area? Say I sprain a finger- I decide not to ice, it swells up. I keep using that finger- will the constant squishing and irritation make it worse than if I had prevented/mitigated swelling?

Submitted by scaredyclassic on April 13, 2020 - 6:44pm.

Thnx for tips. I'm going to stick w heating pad because it feels so good. I've made it a long ways with no injuries, 57 years.

No athletics in hs or college may be better in the long run, for some

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