I watched an interesting BBC programme on iPlayer the other day from The Truth About series. This one was The Truth About What’s in Your Medicine Cabinet.
The bit I found most interesting – and applicable to me – was that those warming / cooling gels and creams that we often use for muscle pain don’t actually do anything at all to your muscles, they just have a warming or cooling effect on your skin, which can be comforting or soothing on a psychological level, or distracting from the underlying muscle pain.
They compared the overall recovery rate of muscles after demanding exercise when using these creams or using a 15 minute soak in either hot or cold water, and the results showed that it doesnt matter whether you use hot or cold water to soak in, your muscles will be less painful and your muscles recover faster than using these creams/ gels.
It’s things like that, that make me regret not opting for a bath again when they re-did our bathroom 😦 But…… one of the main reasons I needed an adapted house was because I kept getting stuck in the bath in the evening *sigh*.
It was one thing to be pushed up each stair by giggling daughters, but quite another to be hauled bodily when you are nekkid. Both are undignified, certainly, but being nekkid kinda has the edge, methinks.
It’s a good job we all have a sense of humour here, innit 🙂
And I can always sit in my shower chair and let the hot water run over my afflicted areas 😀
Oh, and they demonstrated how hot water, honey and lemon juice is more effective for coughs than any of the types of cough medicine you can buy over the counter.
Nice and natural, cheap, and added vitamin C, although vitamin C doesn’t actually do anything to ease coughs, colds and flu. Zinc, however – there is research to show taking zinc for colds and flu is helpful, according to my dr 🙂