Runners pain, stitch in your side.  

rm_coathanger1 49M
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2/16/2006 4:50 pm

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Runners pain, stitch in your side.

I got curious today about why you get that pain in your right side while running. I had always heard that there was no known cause and it just happens.

From reading the article the reason for this has not been know for long. Since AdultFriendFinder does not allow linking in these posts I will copy and paste it here. If you would like to find it for yourself Goggle these words "stitch in your side" and it should be the first website listed.

The Side Stitch
From Elizabeth Quinn,

Muscle Cramps in Athletes

Most of us experience them at one time or another. That sharp twinge of pain just below the rib cage usually on the right. It is particularly common in runners and has been known to slow some down to a walk until the pain subsides.

Up until recently there was no clear explanation for the cause of this annoying cramp. Now researchers believe that the side stitch is caused by stretching the ligaments that extend from the diaphragm to the internal organs, particularly the liver. The jarring motion of running while breathing in and out stretches these ligaments. Runners tend to exhale every two or four steps. Most people exhale as the left foot hits the ground, but some people exhale when the right foot hits the ground. It is the later group who seem more prone to get side stitches.

Exhaling when the right foot hits the ground causes greater forces on the liver (which is on the right side just below the rib cage). So just as the liver is dropping down the diaphragm raises for the exhalation. It is believed this repeated stretching leads to spasms in the diaphragm.

Stopping a Side Stitch
To stop a side stitch when running, stop running and place your hand into the right side of your belly and push up, lifting the liver slightly. Inhale and exhale evenly as you push up.

Preventing a Side Stitch
To prevent a side stitch, take even, deep breaths while running. Shallow breathing tends to increase the risk of cramping because the diaphragm is always slightly raised and never lowers far enough to allow the ligaments to relax. When this happens the diaphragm becomes stressed and a spasm or "stitch" is more likely.

Some other ways to alleviate the pain of a side stitch include:

* Time your eating. Having food in your stomach during a workout may contribute to cramping by creating more force on the ligaments. Try to avoid eating one to two hours before a workout.
* Stretch more. Stretching is a good additional way to prevent or relieve a cramp. To target this often overlooked muscle, raise your right arm straight up and bend your trunk toward the left. Hold for 30 seconds, release, then stretch the other side.
* Ease up. Sometimes it's as simple as decreasing your intensity until the pain subsides. * Try lowering your arms and slowing your pace the next time the pain hits.
* Breathe deeply. This helps to stretch the diaphragm. Some people also find exhaling forcefully when the opposite foot strikes the floor to be helpful. For instance, if the pain is in your left side, exhale forcefully every time you land on your right foot.
* Drink more fluids before exercise. Dehydration can cause muscle cramps.
Rub it away. Massage or press on the area where you feel pain. You may also want to bend forward slightly. This seems to stretch the diaphragm and ease the pain.
* If you continue to experience pain, see your doctor.

Hopefully this will help those like me that are trying to get back into shape.


PineyFolks 60M/60F

2/17/2006 4:30 am

interesting D...thanks


rm_coathanger1 49M
859 posts
2/17/2006 3:22 pm

    Quoting rm_mzhunyhole:
    Hell..I quit that shit..typing with one finger is the biggest workout I get..anything for finger cramps???
Ya know, I seem to recall some sort of stoking exorcise. Something to do with slow downward extension of the fingers with some side to side and circular motions. Oh what was that called, seems like it's right on the tip of my tongue. Well when I remember I'll be sure to pass it along.


rm_coathanger1 49M
859 posts
2/17/2006 3:23 pm

You're welcome.


Kaliedascope61 43M
4084 posts
2/17/2006 11:38 pm

My running days are over, I got my fill in boot camp!

rm_coathanger1 49M
859 posts
2/18/2006 5:34 am

    Quoting Kaliedascope61:
    My running days are over, I got my fill in boot camp!
I thought I did too. That side stitch was always a big problem.


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