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Kill The Pain

Kill The Pain


Warm-Up: 300m Row, 100 Single Jump Ropes, Hip Opener, Internal Rotation Hip Stretch, Bent & Straight Legged Calf stretch, 3 Suicides

MetCon – For Time:

5K Run

Finisher: 5RM Press

With a drug store around every corner and marketing campaigns that attempt to convince us there’s a quick cure for each and every pain we experience, it’s easy to fall into the Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drug vortex. Aspirin, ibuprofen, and naproxen are the most common forms of over-the-counter “make me feel betters.”

While these meds may give us a temporary relief, they may also be doing long-term damage. Here’s a quick laundry list of just SOME of the problems they may promote:

  • Myocardial Infarction & Stroke
  • GI problems including
    • Nausea/Vomiting
    • Dyspepsia
    • Gastric Ulceration/Bleeding
    • Diarrhea
    • Inflammatory Bowel Disease
    • Renal Problems including
      • Hypertension (High Blood Presure)
      • Nephrotic Syndrome

While these problems are quite awful, the real destruction lies within the nuisance they are to our gut lining. Remember all those autoimmune problems that we’re trying to fix through reprogramming our genes by eating a better, more Paleo diet? These NSAIDs promote damage to our gut lining (microvilli) which will lead to AI deficiencies/diseases just like lectins, legumes, & gluten does as well. Need some good literature or proof? I know I always do, so here you have it. Not to mention that they also induce inflammation in our stomach. Remember, eating well (Paleo/good overall macro-nutrition) reduces inflammation and heals our gut-lining, therefore ruling out any possible way to create AI problems. Don’t take 3 steps forward to take 2 steps back by taking NSAIDs on a regular basis if at all.

What should you use as a replacement for a pain killer? Blanket answer = ice first. In the famous words of Kelly Starrett, “You’re not hurting or injured if you’re not icing.” Here are some other methods of reducing pain in general:

  • Willow bark
  • Capsaicin
  • Magnesium
  • Glucosamine
  • Sleep
  • Glass of Red Wine :)

Remember, there’s always a better means to reducing your pain than taking NSAIDs!

Going to ice my ankle,


By | 2017-04-25T14:39:08+00:00 May 11th, 2011|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|6 Comments


  1. rachael the diva May 11, 2011 at 9:21 pm

    Thank you for my most favorite workout ever… I needed it, BAD. Thanks!!!

  2. Rise Up May 12, 2011 at 8:12 am

    After that 5k my knee was in some pain so I iced for 10 mins, stretched for 10 mins, eat Dead End BBQ, took a hot shower, sleep 8 hours, and now my knee feels great. =o)

  3. Coach CBo May 12, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    wham bam!

  4. T-Pain May 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Dead End BBQ cures all aches and pains. Fact.

  5. Dani May 12, 2011 at 5:46 pm

    Mmmmm yummy, I love willow bark!!!

  6. crossfitktown May 13, 2011 at 4:26 pm

    I think angel dust and fairy tears are also lesser known cures for ailments.
    -Miss J

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