Glenn Charles

Adventurer | Photographer | Connector

Today I am a Time Traveler with a Camera... Tomorrow, who knows

Arm Treatment

Wow, I am finally happy to say that my arm is almost 90% or more healed.  MJ has done amazing things for me, giving me great stretching exercises and continuing to do her deep tissue magic.  For anyone out there with these types of injuries (paddlers I know you know who you are) that have simply chosen to pop Ibuprofen to mask the pain; well, I can tell you first hand that this is so not the way to go.

I can't begin to tell you how much of that stuff I was popping, most likely destroying precious parts of my liver, all in an attempt to mask the pain I was feeling.  Obviously, paddling in the middle of know where means you generally don't have your own personal massage therapist to help you out, thus you need some form of treatment that can get you through until land fall.  My big mistake was thinking that pills were all I needed and that the problem would just go away by decreasing the swelling.  I guess you can say this is typical of the message our medical world has been teaching us; take pills and all will be well.

Had I searched out some physical therapy early on, and then spent a week or so in a single location getting several days of treatment, I would most likely have mitigated most of my issues.  As it was, I paddled up the entire coast line and did nothing until the end.  It still remains to be seen if there was any permanent damage, however right now it appears that all will be well.

Lesson: Put down the pills, go get treatment from folks that really understand how your body works.  I will be posting some links to stretches and self massage techniques that individuals can use if they are out and away from professional help.  At a minimum, the stretches are great for wrists, and forearms after you have received the appropriate professional treatment.

Thanks MJ, I owe you big!  Now, lets go paddle...