HOME REMEDY: Olympics
I asked my physio what is the point of a sports massage while the players are mid-game – she said when your body is working flat out it needs a hand to process all the chemicals and move them on their way – lactic acid for one. She describes the muscle fibres like a herringbone pattern that afterwards may need help to smooth back into shape – hence stretching after exercise. Often pain peaks 24 hours after extreme exercise – no one is certain why this is, possibly it's an inflammatory response, as the body seeks to repair the muscle cells. At this point, all agree that ice and stretching are crucial.
Top-class sportsmen and women really do put their bodies through the mill and need a full team of helpers to pick up the pieces when it all goes pear-shaped. For us mere mortals, gazing up at Mount Olympia, stretching, ice and arnica will do.
Sof McVeigh: www.thehomemadecompany.com
Daily tip from the lady archive
“A GRACEFUL walk is a great asset, for sometimes it can create an illusion of beauty where little exists.”The Lady. Pleasant Exercises for Grace. 2nd April 1931