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Old 07-08-13, 08:47 AM
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Of course. One of the first things I learned about sports way back when was to change the way I thought about pain. Didn't need anyone else for therapy. Self-therapy works quite well. What did Lance say, "I don't do it in spite of the pain, I do it for the pain?"

My back pain resolution, after the doctors told me there was nothing to be done about it, involved me fixing it myself. My method was pretty simple. I found something I could do that didn't hurt, or at least not much, which was riding my bike, and did a lot of it. Then I found stuff to do that hurt quite a bit, but which I could easily control the quantity of, which turned out to be stuff like weights in the gym, lots of low weight reps of various exercises. I wanted it to hurt. I worked out until it hurt pretty bad, then rested it a day or two until the pain subsided, then made it hurt again. I usually took ibuprofen to help the swelling subside. I did that for a couple of years, until now it hardly hurts at all anymore.

That worked for my issues. May not work for others. However, researchers now believe that resting one's back on account of pain is the worst thing one can do.

When climbing something HC, the worst thing one can do is think, "I can't do this any more!" Instead, smile, smile big. Yeah, you're doing it.
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