Stretching Prevents Injury, and Other Misconceptions About Exercise

This does need a YMMV disclaimer unfortunately.  Cold static vs warm static pre workout stretch varies in terms of efficacy for many, and the six month rule shoe rule is in play for most marathoners, and may even be less depending on whether you rock a stability type of shoe, etc.

Scientists May Have Found Formula For a Painless Existence

Physical pain is a near universal problem, whether its sudden pangs or chronic aches. Yet, researchers’ efforts to quash it completely have fallen short—possibly due to a moonlighting channel in nerve cells. But that may be about to change.

Source: Scientists may have found formula for a painless existence

Congenital analgesia was the affliction of a character in the Millennium series by Swedish writer Stieg Larsson. Now I see that the wiki page has been updated with a reference to this study with the woman…

General pain reduction medicines that are not targeted all the time. If you are getting blasted with opioids, you are aiming your guns at the entire body. Opioids, while pretty good at pain reduction, have a lot of negative side effects, not the least of which is just boring old addiction.

Additionally, if you are busy dying of cancer, it probably isn’t all that dangerous, relatively speaking. If hospice care, if you could kill the pain without giving someone mind ruining levels of pain killers, you have done a very good thing. A lot of times to relieve the pain of someone who is dying, you basically have to dump them into a drug induced haze. That is all well and good until that person wants to speak to family. Being able to just turn off the pain without rendering someone incoherent would be a massive boon.

It could also be useful for people who are not dying, but are in agonizing pain. Again, some pain requires basically drugging someone stupid. Sure, there are dangers, but you can live with those. The risk of accidentally harming yourself and not knowing is a lot more appealing than being bed ridden in withering agony in some cases. Finally, if the control is analog, you might be able to dial back pain without turning it off. Imagine if you could dull the pain to level someone will still detect catastrophic damage (I put my hand on a hot stove), but it dulls out lower level chronic pain.

This is a really kick ass and revolutionary break through if it pans out. Near total control over pain using a drug that is almost certainly less harmful than opioids? Yes please! I really hope this turns out to be as good as it looks. If nothing else, it might go a long way to reducing the opiate addictions that our current pain management regimes have a nasty habit of producing.

Why You Shouldn’t Drink Water After Eating Spicy Foods

My uncle had some tomato plants on his patio that a squirrel would constantly steal.  My uncle finally got fed up with the varmint, he put a habanero plant right next to his tomato plants.  Sure enough, an hour later, he heard a bunch of flopping happening on his patio. The squirrel was all over the place and a partially eaten habanero was laying on the floor.

The squirrel didn’t return to take anything more from the patio. 😀

Fatigue: Mind Over Muscle

Australian cyclist Jack Bobridge is well acquainted with the physical pain of pushing his body to the limit. But even a career on the track and road didn’t prepare him for the pain of what was to be an unsuccessful attempt on the hour record earlier this year. (His pacing didn’t help.)

“This is the closest to death I will ever be, I think, before actually dying,” Bobridge told the assembled media. “I can’t even describe how much pain my glutes and quads are in. It’s unbelievable.”

But was his suffering — like his determination to continue pushing the pedals — limited more by his head than his legs? For all the talk of burning quads and glutes, some scientists now believe that fatigue may be more complicated a process than originally thought, one that is as much psychological as it is physiological.

Source: Fatigue: Mind over muscle

As I understand, this is what caffeine is effectively doing.  Caffeine doesn’t make you better, it makes the perceived effort easier.

Blaming Yourself for Failure Could Increase Your Risk of Injury

When you have a bad run or fall short of your race goals, what sort of script runs through your mind? If you tend to fault yourself for your failures, you may face a higher risk of injury, a new study finds.

Source: Negative Thinking Boosts Injury Risk

I don’t think I suffer from this.  Rather, the consensus seems to be that I “sandbag it” – I don’t try hard enough.  But I’m too old to be competing for spot on the National team (not that my times ever put me there), nor can I expect to even get sponsored.  I have to work the next day, and I’ve had an experience with my lungs filling with blood, very likely due to being on warfarin/coumadin.  I have nothing to prove, just being out there is good for me.

Video Games Can Help You Endure Pain, Even In Labor

Does that mean we game the pain away?

Pain relief isn’t just a physical thing; distracting yourself can help you get through a painful experience. We’ve already seen that kids who watch cartoons don’t feel as much pain when they get a shot. It turns out that playing a game works even better than passively watching videos.

Source: Video Games Can Help You Endure Pain, Even In Labor

Labor?  No.  I present exhibit A:

There’s always been the joke about how “it hurts here”, so someone injures the wounded person somewhere else to distract from the original pain.  Less joke now, more truism.  But decidedly less about the technology – it’s about the immersion.  Which makes sense why a video game would work better – it requires your interaction vs passively watching a TV show.

Sleepwalkers Have Painful Lives by Day, Painless Misadventures by Night

Many sleepwalkers suffer an enigmatic existence. Their waking hours are plagued by pain that can dull their physical activity levels. Yet their lively nocturnal adventures can cause pain-free injury.

That’s the conclusion of a new study published in the journal Sleep by a group of French researchers. The team studied 100 patients who sleepwalk at least once a year but have no other sleep disorders. Compared to 100 non-sleepwalking participants, the sleepwalkers were more likely to suffer headaches, migraines, and chronic pain, as well as symptoms of depression and insomnia. But, of the 47 participants that reported being injured at one point during a sleep-like stupor, nearly 80 percent said the trauma was painless.

Source: Sleepwalkers have painful lives by day, painless misadventures by night

These results make me wonder if the partial arousal state associated with sleepwalking can be picked up by any wearable sleep monitors, or even any of the fitness trackers with sleep tracking functionality. If so, it would be then be theoretically possible to trigger a mitigation response of some sort, whether that be by waking up the person or some other mechanism that could protect the person from harmful actions.

Burning Mouth Syndrome Is Real, But We Don’t Know Why

The symptoms of Burning Mouth Syndrome are pretty much summed up by the name. The cause is still a mystery. So is the fact that the syndrome stops whenever you fall asleep.

Source: Burning Mouth Syndrome Is Real, But We Don’t Know Why

Never encountered someone who suffers, but have heard that it can be painful to speak.  No word on if any sufferers have combated this with an ice cream headache…  I’ll show myself out 🙂