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06/18/2015 at 1:35 pm #71390Mike LanderParticipant
Hello fellow Leopards,I am wondering if there are any potential risks faced by people suffering from varicose veins / people in general in regards to banded distractions, considering that the blood flow is hindered by the bands.Love the tool and it’s a no-brainer when considering improving one’s mobility but like to be on the safe side of things.Keep up the good work!Mirko
06/22/2015 at 5:54 pm #76055George McLaney
Mirko, are you talking about voodoo floss or just banded distractions?Regarding the former, wrapping with 50 percent tension you don’t mess up circulation. And once you remove the floss, the blood flow to that area will actually be increased, promoting healing/recovery.Banded distractions are perfectly safe if:1) you only go far enough to put the muscles under tension2) you stop if you feel like something is going to tear (K-Star’s rule: if it feels sketchy it is sketchy)3) you avoid distracting joints which are hyper mobileOther than that, distract and floss away!
06/24/2015 at 12:34 pm #76060Mike LanderParticipant
Hi Philip,Thank you for your answer. My question was directed at banded distractions. From my perspective, your answer doesn’t focus on my question, but generally things to think about when distracting and I completely agree on the things you say.Let me be more clear. When performing the hip distraction the femoral veins swells up due to the stop of the bloodflow experienced because of the pressure of the band. Additionally, I have varicose veins and I am wondering how this pressure sustained during these exercises affects the veins in general?!Thanks,Mirko
06/24/2015 at 12:51 pm #76061George McLaney
Mirko, I don’t believe you will do any damage to the veins, but you could ask Dr. Travis Jewett via twitter at https://twitter.com/drjewett as my opinions only come from the MobilityWOD system and he is an orthopedic medicine professional.
06/26/2015 at 11:21 am #76063Mike LanderParticipant
06/26/2015 at 12:16 pm #76064Mike LanderParticipant
Response from Dr. Jewett:
for the question Miran, hope I can provide a good answer.
distraction is a wonderful tool to loosen up the capsule of the joint,
especially the hips and shoulders. I am not a vascular expert but I would say
if you are not comfortable using the band in the hip due to discomfort or fear
of congesting the femoral artery then leave the band off. You can still get
good results without the band. I can not say one way or the other if it is safe
or not, but what I do know is if the person isn’t comfortable or has a little
bit of doubt in them while they do it, their nervous system won’t relax enough
for it to be effective.”
06/26/2015 at 3:18 pm #76065George McLaney
Very interesting, Mirko. I’m glad Dr. Jewett was able to help.
06/30/2015 at 8:06 pm #76066Randy CampbellParticipant
BD has been working great for me. If I feel any discomfort or “pulsing” in my upper leg I make sure the band is flat and back off tension. As a result no more hip femoral acetabelum impingement during pigeon pose or piriformis stretch.
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