Hip Pain

film x-ray human's pelvis and hip joints

Is your hip aching? Try these simple, helpful ways to ease hip pain and get back to living.

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A Weighty Problem

Rest, ice, compression, and elevation can help relieve your hip pain.
You may have been born with two left feet, but when your hip pain acts up, you can relieve the ache the same way dancers do. When members of the Washington Ballet have hip pain, they use a home remedy called the RICE method — this stands for rest, ice, compression, and elevation — to relieve the pain and get back to their art form.

Amy Humphrey, DPT, a physical therapist and spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association, works with the Washington Ballet and advises dancers to use home remedies such as RICE when hip pain sidelines them.

5_ice-packsUsing RICE for Hip Pain Relief

Anyone can use the RICE method, whether your goal is to slip on a pair of pointe shoes or a pair of sneakers for a daily walk. Here’s what to do.

Rest. The first thing Humphrey tells her patients is to rest, which means avoiding the activities that cause the pain. “It might mean runners stop running for a week and then start back up at a reduced pace and see how it goes,” Humphrey says. She recommends resting for at least 24 to 48 hours.

In Summary

Applying an ice pack to the area where you’re feeling the pain can reduce inflammation and make your hip feel better. If hip pain is very intense, Humphrey recommends using ice four or five times a day for 10 to 15 minutes at a time. An ice pack can be anything from a plastic baggie filled with ice to a bag of frozen vegetables (peas are great). Wrap a towel around the ice pack to avoid irritating your skin.
Compression. Humphrey uses compression by wrapping a thick Ace bandage around the pelvis and hip.

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Garden Update

Things are going pretty well. My next project will be to control pest – mother nature I am afraid is not quite cutting it.

Death toll

  • All the broccoli (apart from one in the front garden) has been killed by the possom.
  • Silverbeat is looking very holey (apart from the one near the fence)
  • Lettuce is similar
  • Possoms were eating all my parsley.The parsly is now behind bars (a milk crate) and growing quite nicely

below is a photo story of my garden to date (its on a 7 second delay)

Recycled Water

As you may know from a previous post I believe recycling paper and metals to be a complete waste of time and actually harmfull.

I am just watching a documentary extolling the virtues of recycled water. So I have done a bit of research

My first stop was wikipeadia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/NEWater
They recycle water in both singapore and london seemingly. I have been looking for stuff online about recycled water in london and can’t see anything. I don’t think the “recycled water” in London is quite the same as the “recycled water” they are reccomedning elsewhe. After a great deal of digging I have found the answer yes london and theier water “recycling ” is totally different to what is now being proposed

see
http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,25197,24609382-11949,00.html

http://www.californiaprogressreport.com/2007/06/beware_of_the_r.html

2 months in and need to get organised

Its 2 months since I decided to start planning a vegetable garden

I was listening to the survival podcast yesterday morning (one of the best podcasts about modern chemical free gardening) and it occured to me that I was not really going to get anywhere with without some proper organisation.

So far I have planted some 
tomatoes, basil , chives, lettuce etc. 
Many items such as tomatoes will need to be planted throughout the year so I need to build a planting calender. I have also allready lost track of what seeds I planted where so I need to get organized hence the blog. I hope that documenting my progress will make things better for me and hopefully useful for other people too

Isn’t democracy Brilliant

 Now I am an Australian citizen I was keen to take my responsibilities seriously.

On Saturday I voted in the election for Moreland. (Brunswick)
I was going though the leaflets by the voting building. There were 2 green 1 socialist alliance and 3 labour candidates (no liberal). As I was going through them one of the guys handing out leaflets asked me if I had any questions. I asked him lots of stuff and eventually he said he couldn’t help so he called the candidate and I spoke to him on the phone – It was great!
I then spoke to another candidate (who was there in person) called Christopher Anderson (see his bog)
He was a really nice guy that I felt genuinely wanted to improve things. It was really good of them both to take the time to go through the issues. 
I voted for Chris 

Isn't democracy Brilliant

 Now I am an Australian citizen I was keen to take my responsibilities seriously.

On Saturday I voted in the election for Moreland. (Brunswick)
I was going though the leaflets by the voting building. There were 2 green 1 socialist alliance and 3 labour candidates (no liberal). As I was going through them one of the guys handing out leaflets asked me if I had any questions. I asked him lots of stuff and eventually he said he couldn’t help so he called the candidate and I spoke to him on the phone – It was great!
I then spoke to another candidate (who was there in person) called Christopher Anderson (see his bog)
He was a really nice guy that I felt genuinely wanted to improve things. It was really good of them both to take the time to go through the issues. 
I voted for Chris 

Recycling is a waste of time

 

I have always thought that recycling is  absolute nonsense.
In the UK you will find many pre WW2 inner city houses with a small front garden. On closer inspection you can see that they are wrought iron shafts comming out of the wall that have been cut off at the level of the wall. The shafts used to form a fence – a bit like the picture below, only the wall were generally a bit higher

 

What has this got to do with recycling?

The reason the fences were cut down was so they could be “re-cycled” to make planes and tanks in the second world war. Wrought Iron is entirely unsuitable for making tanks or airplanes. There is a location in scotland filled with these posts – all that happened is that they were stockpiled.
But it made everyone who chopped down their fences feel like they were helping though!
I don’t know how much stuff is really being recyled anyway its really the point even  if you take the view that the stuff that goes in the recycled bin is being recycled 100% when you recycle you only recycle the finnished product this only is a small fraction of the resource used to make a typical item. The site below explains what I mean

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