****I am in no way a health care professional. Simply a dude sharing his experience with a particular method to ease pain. If you are having any issues at all, please consult a doctor or other professional!****
I’m not really entirely sure whats happening. It’s one of two things, and either way, it helps.
For the past couple of months I’ve been dealing with a work injury. Nothing too crazy, I slipped and caught myself so I didn’t fall, but in catching myself I twisted in such a way that aggravated both my lower back and hip. Keeping active helps, but it has it’s hurdles.
The biggest one at this point is sleeping. By the time I make it to bed, my hip is so sore deep inside that it’s absolutely impossible to get to sleep. So I started looking for remedies, in particular ones that deal with inflammation, which is what this type of pain feels like.
That’s when I figured out both the answer to my problem, and the answer to a question I’ve had for a while now: why do athletes take those crazy Ice Baths?
In truth, it’s for many reasons, but one of the reasons I found was extreme cold alleviates inflammation deep in the muscle/joints. So I set my brain on “determination” mode, and filled the bathtub with water as cold as it could possibly get without adding ice.
It was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made.
Pushing myself mentally through the freezing temperature of the water, I sat straight down, legs extended and totally covered. After a minute I was able to let my muscles relax instead of clenching mega-hard out of fear. Giving over to the cold, I sat there for 10 min. and as I stepped out of the bath, feeling like a new man, the question popped into my head.
Do I feel better cause the cold reduced the inflammation, or is my lower half so cold that everything is just numb? Or both?
All I know is that sacrificing 10 minutes out of my night, pre-bed, helps me treat my issues and gets me a great nights sleep.
Side note: whomever it is you crawl into bed with will NOT want to snuggle.