Since falling off my bicycle last week - ouch it was sore (the back of my arm still looks like roadkill) - my neck and lower back have been stiff and sore. Not wanting to let any appointments interfere with beach going time, I postponed my appointment for treatment until the weather cooled down a bit. I have continued to run and cycle, although uncomfortable, but not quite as uncomfortable as an hour of needles in my back!
|The Care Clinic, Ryde|
I went to my absolute favourite person for sorting out sports injuries, "Dr Martin" at the Care Clinic in Ryde. He is a qualified Osteopath and Chiropractor and combines his treatment with acupuncture and is a sportsman himself. He fixed my knee earlier in the year just by clicking an errant bone back into place. For 3 months I had gone from physiotherapist to physiotherapist unable to sort out the problem. All claimed that I had an ITB issue or that I was running incorrectly and needed to cut back, not what I wanted to hear. I would definitely recommend going to the Care Clinic for sports injuries if you are in Sydney (or seeking a similar type of treatment elsewhere if you are not). And no, this post is not sponsored!
While lying on my front, with what felt like a million needles in my back, but most probably only in the region of 10-15 I had plenty of time to contemplate life... maybe next time I'll download a meditation exercise on my iPod and listen to that while I relax. No, I couldn't even play on my phone as any movement was impossible! Relax, relax, learn to relax......I was there for about an hour and after a couple of huge clicks in my back and neck I am feeling like a new person. Ready to run fast again!
Before leaving I couldn't resist perusing the health store at the front of the clinic. I am very fussy when it comes to deodorants and avoid all with parabens and aluminium. You won't find me wearing an anti perspirant, I am of the opinion that a bit of sweat is good and I am not prepared to compromise my health to in order to mask natural odours. I am forever trying out new "healthy" deodorants (and maybe I do smell a bit on a hot day!). The one I bought today is Magnesium Deororant by Nasanta . Magnesium neutralises body door and is gentle on the skin. It seems to be working, but then it's a pretty cool day. I'll have to do a product review under more extreme conditions!
My other purchase was a bag of xylitol. I consider it the ultimate sugar substitute. It has a low GI and believe it or not, according to my dentist, it is actually GOOD for your teeth. It coats them with a protective substance and so fights cavities. Unfortunately, quite expensive (about $12,50 for 500g) so we use it sparingly. The kids love it on their porridge and I use it in baking too. Just be aware that it is deadly to dogs.
Do you go the alternative route when treating running/sports injuries? Have you been for acupuncture?
Have you tried/ heard of xylitol?
Would you recommend a "healthy" deodorant?