Discussion in 'RMR' started by nutty_bag, Jun 12, 2007.

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  1. I have posted this in here so that you young thrusters out there aspiring to be Royal Marines Reservists or Special Forces can take note. After numerous years running around up mountains, on roads and trails where the ever present danger of injury is there, i ended up injuring myself picking up a pot of varnish in my back garden hurting my lower back.

    Who cares?? You reservists might say!! Well since its happened i have had the sum total of nearly 4 months off of work, bearing in mind that i'm a Paramedic and have to lift some pretty fat biffers this is a major problem. This has also severely hit my bank balance as i'm on reduced pay as a result of being off work.

    Solutions?? Firstly the obvious. Dont get injured in the first place by warming up and cooling down after any phys that you do. Secondly, rest any injuries that you have using the R.I.C.E Rest Ice Compression Elevation method or finally see a specialist.

    I have seen a Chiropractor, Osteopath and today a woman that does something called Bowen therapy. Now this Bowen therapy looked like a load of tree hugger malarky to me but was recommended by the numpties at work as an effective way of relieving pain. so off i went to this nice lady, listened to her spiel with a "yeah okay mate" attitude and let her get on with it. The woman touched various places in my back, walked out of the room for 2 minutes, returned and touched a few more places, left the room again and so on for about an hour.

    The outcome of this is that this nice lady (a mere dot) barely touched me and now i feel like i've gone 20 rounds with Mike Tyson. "Drink some water and i'll see you next week Nutty"

    My point to this is if you are injured, dont just use the known methods, try many different things as its a very frustrating situation for me (a fit man) to be in. I will keep you updated as to how this treatment works. In the meantime here is a link to said therapy.

  2. wet_blobby

    wet_blobby War Hero Moderator

    I must admit I'm a bit of a wreck...and not very fit anymore...my knees are shot to bits from mountain training, my back (lower) is normally in some kind of pain, I did go and see a bone cruncher all that did was relieve my bank balance. I find an ice pack on my back the only thing that works, so I reckon it must be muscular.

    As for my knees.....the good old NHS reckon there's fcuk all wrong with them....why do they hurt all the time then and I cannot sit in one position with them for to long then?

    I think the rest of my ailments are self inflicted..... :biggrin:
  3. Get well soon mate, hope it all goes well for you.
  4. Glad to hear it went will for you nutty.....
  5. Physioterrorists they are called and best avoided for as long as possible!
    We all have to accept a bit of wear and tear, fair mileage kind of thing.
    As you say not a little self inflicted.
    To think I used to do cross country in pussers plimsolls; not the posh affairs they wear these days.
    Trust me, everything you do in your youth will come back to haunt you.
    What you lose is youthful angst.
    Let's face it who on here the cemetery side of 40 would go through the bullshit of basic training. Or, any kind of the nonsense we poor benighted fools put up with.
    But it was great at the time, which is most of what counts.
  6. Try a really HOT bath morning and evening. I find that it eases my lower back pain and worn out knees (bearing in mind my rotundness). Alternately try either a steam room or better still a sauna: one you get really hot (enough to melt a chocolate sailor to a warm, sweet puddle in a minute). Downside of the sauna, the cold shower for 10 minutes to cool down :evil2:
  7. I said when i started this thread that i would keep you all updated as to how the old injury is going so here goes.

    I fcuked the Bowen therapy off this week. Not because i dont think it works but because it didn't do the trick for me personally. Instead i did some research of my own into what was causing the pain, location of pain and signs and symptoms. The findings led me to think that it was a Sacral Illiac joint problem which is in direct contrast to what the osteopath bint and her colleagues i had been seeing have been saying.

    What now i thought?? Second opinion me thinks. So off i went last week to a bloke in Birmingham with a brilliant reputation for treating professional athletes and told him what i thought the problem was.

    This chap did some diagnostic tests and funnily enough agreed with me. Just 2 treatments later i'm well on the way to recovery because of a correct diagnosis.

    My point you may ask?? If you aren't sure/happy read around your injury or seek another opinion. Dont discount other therapies but keep an open mind.

  8. Good news mate. Try any treatment I say, but if it don't work for you after 6 or 7 sessions, **** it off. Try something else, but as nutty says, keep an open mind kids. And trust your gut feelings too. :thumright:

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