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  • @ganymede I didn't know that was a thing until I just googled it. The Amazon search algorithm didn't return it. What was your experience with it, if you tried it?


  • Pitcrew

    @gangofdolls said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff:

    @ganymede I didn't know that was a thing until I just googled it. The Amazon search algorithm didn't return it. What was your experience with it, if you tried it?

    I'm curious on this as well. With severe arthritis in my knee, walking 2+ miles 5 days a week has not been all that great. Some sort of brace/sleeve might be good.

    (If only there were something I could do for my hip as well.)



  • @auspice

    Yin yoga has been kind of amazing for me at helping with that. It's passive long held stretches instead of the up/down/up/down of flow yoga. I have Piriformis Syndrome in my left hip from an old high-school era sports injury and running makes it angry sometimes. Yin shuts it right up.


  • Pitcrew

    @gangofdolls said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff:

    @auspice

    Yin yoga has been kind of amazing for me at helping with that. It's passive long held stretches instead of the up/down/up/down of flow yoga. I have Piriformis Syndrome in my left hip from an old high-school era sports injury and running makes it angry sometimes. Yin shuts it right up.

    I've never hear of this before. Do you practice at home or at a studio?

    I've got arthritis in my right knee and hip both (probably my teenage years of soccer catching up to me now in my 30s) and my hip is, by far, the more painful and limiting of the two.


  • Politics

    @gangofdolls said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff:

    The Amazon search algorithm didn't return it. What was your experience with it, if you tried it?

    The athletic sleeves that purportedly have copper woven into it simply compress the areas. I don't know all the science behind it, but the idea is that compressing joints and/or muscles reduces inflammation and provides support.

    I've been using one for my left foot, after I tore a tendon near my heel. I can't tell you how well it works because those sorts of injuries take a long time to heal when you aren't off your feet (which I am not). What I can tell you is that, for an ankle injury, I liked it a lot more than a Tensor bandage because those feel big and unwieldy around a sliding joint. I presume the same for a knee injury.

    Athletes use these all the time, and they tend not to do adopt these practices unless under the advice of trainers and other people that know a lot more about the science. This is especially true for sports that require substantial agility and stamina, like hockey or basketball. (Football and baseball players tend to use braces because those sports have a greater emphasis on explosive strength and speed, for which you may need stronger support.) It's definitely worth a shot, though, if you want to avoid a brace.


    @Auspice

    Yoga is immensely helpful when it comes to arthritis in ball joints. My understanding is that regular yoga will help stimulate the movement and production of synovial fluid, the absence of which can cause arthritic symptoms. This is especially important around the hips, where prolonged sitting can cause increased tension in your flexors, which, in turn, pinch the synovial membranes around the hip joint.



  • @auspice said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff:

    @gangofdolls said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff:

    @ganymede I didn't know that was a thing until I just googled it. The Amazon search algorithm didn't return it. What was your experience with it, if you tried it?

    I'm curious on this as well. With severe arthritis in my knee, walking 2+ miles 5 days a week has not been all that great. Some sort of brace/sleeve might be good.

    (If only there were something I could do for my hip as well.)

    A knee brace helped me a lot.

    My problem isn't usually the pain (I am managing this with Motrin for the time being, but my doctor is wanting to switch me to a real arthritis medication soon) it's the swelling, which makes my knee felt weak and unable to support my weight. The brace really helps with that. I can walk pretty much normally without worrying that my knee might give out at any time. I still have to use a cane when it gets really bad, but fortunately that's pretty rare (once or twice a year, maybe).

    Ah, the joy of being 40 ;)


  • Pitcrew

    @Ganymede I love yoga. I'm just terrible about doing it at home. Someday, I'll have a car again and the money to attend a yoga studio. I have noticed a vast improvement whenever I have been doing yoga on a regular basis.

    I've just never heard of yin yoga specifically!

    For the brace wearers: do you find it pinches or puts a lot of pressure on your knee? I have a hard time with braces & bandaging. When I had my knee surgery as a teenager, they didn't do stitches ("So you're less likely to be marred by scars!" I still have scars, shows them) and just wrapped it tightly instead. Too tightly. I was too drugged on percocet to notice how my leg was getting ice cold and I chalked the pain up to 'I just had surgery.'

    It wasn't until I woke up screaming that we clued in: they wrapped it too tight and cut off circulation.

    That pain is, 17 years later, still in my top three most painful experiences. But it's led me to major issues with braces and the like. I've had to try wearing them for my wrists at night, but I'll tear them off while half asleep.

    So... how do these sleeves (like the copper sleeve) compare? Do they feel like they're pinching, constricting too much, etc...?



  • @auspice said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff

    For the brace wearers: do you find it pinches or puts a lot of pressure on your knee?

    There is some pressure, yes. It was uncomfortable to wear for the first week but then I got used to it and now I don't even notice it.


  • Politics

    @auspice said in Health and Wealth and GrownUp Stuff:

    So... how do these sleeves (like the copper sleeve) compare? Do they feel like they're pinching, constricting too much, etc...?

    I don't have much problem with it. It takes a week to get used to, after which you may not even notice it. I'd recommend taking it off to sleep, thus giving the tissue some time to breathe normally.

    You can probably find something at CVS or Walgreen's to start with. Try it on an uninjured place first for a couple of days.


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