As the creator of this site I’ve come to learn a few things about climbing injuries. I try to keep up with new and traditional treatments. I’ve answered many emails and hopefully helped a few.
Now I get to once again to test my knowledge on my own body. Earlier this week I felt the ever-so-common twinge on my A1 pulley. It’s the most common climbing injury and now I get to join those of you who are reading this site . I’m on the bench. I’m on the disabled list.
It gives me the opportunity to test out a few things. I will attempt to treat this injury with a full-scale attack. I will employ a variety of techniques and treatments. I will try:
- Certified Hand Therapist
I will have 3 independent treatment plans, sample size 1. I will not do any cross regression to isolate significant variables. In short, this study means nothing. BUT, at least I can learn from the different philosophies.
Treatment 1: Acupuncture
I have just returned from my first acupuncture treatment. I will not pretend to know anything about this type of medicine. I can say that I’m dubious of its effectiveness. I was poked with tiny needles and left lying on a comfortable table for about 30min. Nothing profound occurred. Maybe because I’m cynical, and/or annoyed by the “massage music”. I think that music is all made by a 50 year old guy living in sedona. He has a ponytail, grey hair, and an extended gut. His name is “David”, but he likes to be called by his tibetan name “Chai”.
I don’t feel any difference in the pulley.