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Friday, January 27, 2017

Fair Friday- Sore Muscle Repair




I've been doing a lot of nordic skiing and running to get ready for my winter triathlon race in St. Paul on January 29th. I even took a lesson with a local instructor.

During the lesson the instructor took away my poles to help me learn technique and we were working on skiing downhill. Both things led to a number of falls.

The next day my hamstring was so sore I could hardly walk and even sitting was painful.  I skipped biking class because I was worried about making it worse. I was really worried I would have to give up my winter triathlon race, the pain was that bad.

I decided to treat my injury with essential oils. First I did a hot bath soak of 1 cup of Epsom salts with five drops each of peppermint, wintergreen, thyme and eucalyptus oils. I soaked for 20 minutes.

Then I did an additional treatment. I took 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and added the same essential oils. I rubbed that into the affected area. I repeated the treatment the following morning.

It was amazing how much better I felt. I was able to work out on Friday and back to regular workouts on the weekend. My race was saved and saved quickly. It usually takes many days or weeks for this kind of injury to heal. I will be keeping this treatment in mind the next time I am injured.


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Chris Wodke
Founder & Manager Team CMT
www.run4cmt.com

Chris is a triathlete and long distance runner. She is a three time participant of the Boston Marathon.  In 2012 she finished 2nd at Boston in the Mobility Impaired Division. She was on the course in 2013 when the bombs exploded.

She has appeared three times at the Paratriathlon National Triathlon Sprint Championship. She was the 2012 and 2014 National Champion Paratriathlon Open Division Champion.

In 2014 she was the PC Open Champion at the Duathlon National Championship and at the Aqua bike National Championship in 2016. She represented Team USA at the Aquathon ITU World Championship in Chicago in 2015 and at the World championship in Cozumel in 2016.

 In 2014 she represented the U.S. as a paratriathlete at the Pan-American Triathlon Championship in Dallas, Texas.  She has won state championships in cycling and triathlon as a senior Olympian.

She travels around the country raising awareness of CMT.

She is the author of the book, “Running for My Life” that details her experience as a CMT affected athlete.

You may visit her author page at:
http://www.amazon.com/Christine-Wodke/e/B00IJ02HX6

Team CMT is a group of athletes and supporters working to raise awareness and to find a cure for CMT. We have 208 members in 38 states. We also have members in Australia, England, Scotland, Canada, Vietnam, Turkey, Finland, Scotland, France, Poland, Iran, Norway and Sweden. If you wish to join us visit our web site; www.run4cmt.com or www.hnf-cure.org

CMT or Charcot-Marie-Tooth is the most commonly inherited peripheral neuropathy. It affects over 155,000 Americans (as many as MS).  It is a disease of the nerves that control the muscles. It is slowly progressive, causing loss of normal function and or sensation in the lower legs/feet and arms/hands.

Symptoms include; muscle wasting in the lower legs and feet leading to foot drop, poor balance and gait problems Atrophy in the hands causes difficulty with manual dexterity.

Structural foot deformities such as high arches and hammer toes are common.

Poor tolerance for cool or cold temperatures and many people have chronically cold hands and feet.

Additional symptoms may include fatigue, sleep apnea, breathing difficulties and hearing loss.

Additional Link
Follow CMT affected Paratriathlete Timmy Dixon
http://cmtamputee.wordpress.com/

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