Thread: martial arts and body problems
2/28/2007 9:13am, #11Originally Posted by jnp
Yeah glucosamine pills are large and they start making me gag after a few of them. My instructor found this stuff. It tastes good, very little sugar, and 1500mg serving of glucosamine.
3/01/2007 12:36am, #12
I have a MSM, glucosamine and chondritin mixture product. Liquid of course.
The pills, which I used to take as well, have addictives and do not absorb into the body as well as do the liquid products.
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3/01/2007 12:40am, #13
Chondroitin is the one that's actually supposed to facilitate healing, by the way. MSM is a natural ant-inflammatory, so it's often a good idea post-workout (not that I haven't been completely fucking slack about taking it lately).
3/01/2007 11:55am, #14Originally Posted by Ninjew
3/01/2007 12:41pm, #15
Originally Posted by Askari
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drummingman, no matter how you look at it, and no matter what art you get to train, there is always a risk of fucking up your shoulders, wrists and/or ankles. Any form of grappling will put a toll on those articulations.
People may suggest boxing, but even then, there is always a risk of injuring your hands and wrists. There is no way around it.
When you say you have tendonitis, can you be a bit specific? Do you have it in the inside of your arms (running down the palm of the hand) or outside (from the back of your hand towards your elbow)? This is important.
I suffered from tendonitis on the inside of the forearms (the flexors) and carpal tunnel . One time it got so bad I couldn't even hold a pen and write down for over a week. It took a lot of icying and ibuprofen to get it down. Anyways, that's the most common type of tendonitis, including for drummers, which results in part by a muscular imbalance and relatively weak finger flexors.
It's easy to ameliorate that by using rubber bands as in the picture below:
That's just for general well-being. If the economic risk you face from a wrist injury is too much, then perhaps it is not practical to do martial arts (certainly not any form of grappling or wrestling).
The safest thing will be boxing, not because it's not less effective than the others, but because you need to use protection on your hands and wrists, and because it does not involve any form of join locks or kicks that may hurt your ankles. Besides, with proper hand wrapping, protection and training, boxing will strenghten your hands and wrists.
However, even then there is some risk, which only you can gauge. Regardless of whether you take on a martial art or not, you should look into strenghtening your hands, wrists and forearms, with an emphasis on the finger flexors. It won't get rid of tendonitis, but it will make it more bearable.
Take a look at this when you get a chance: http://www.grapplearts.com/Grip-Strength-Training.htm
Plus it will make your hands and wrists stronger if and when you decide to take on boxing.
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3/02/2007 1:34am, #16
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thanks for the great post el macho and the link.i will check it out.
the tendinitis that i have in both hands is in my wrists and thumbs on the thumb side of the wrists that runs up my arms on that side.i also get pain in other parts of my hands from using a computer in random places (fingers,base of fingers,base of wrists) and from shaking hands to much ( thumb side).
i go back and forth on talking self defense because of that fear that i could mess up my body and put me out of druuming, but its just hard for me to shake the interest.
i used to do those exercises with the bands on my fingers a long time ago.thanks for reminding me of that exercise.
3/02/2007 2:58am, #17
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Coming from me, a person with severe knee/joint issues...I have to agree wit El Macho that martial arts in general is probably going to make your issues worse...in fact drumming (repetative small flexing movements) is probably not doing you any favours either...
In the end, it boils down to how bad you want to do martial arts (I think its a passion thing as much as a self defence thing) and how will you are to hurt for it.
Whatever your decision in the end...enjoy