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[Feb. 17th, 2006|01:06 pm]
New England Indoor Rock Climbers


Hello dear all - I just got into indoor climbing about a month ago, and I am enjoying it tremendously! It is definetely very addictive.
I have a couple of problems/concerns, and just wanted to see if anyone has any advice for me.
1) I bruise really easily, and I keep bumping into the walls with my knees. Basically, my legs and especially knees are covered with really big ugly bruises. Its not that big a deal (other then the fact that I can't wear skirts anymore...sigh) but is there any way to either avoid bruises or speed up the healing?
I am using Arnica gel and taking Arnica tablets, but it just doesn't seem to help...
2) I started to get blisters on my hands. Sorry for sounding like a sissy, but I'm a "girlie girl" and wanted to see if anyone knows how to avoid that too? Wearing gloves is not an option, and I tried taping up, but it restricts the movement as well. Any advice there?
Thank you all so very much in advance, and I am thrilled to discover climbing!

[User Picture]From: mrcoat
2006-02-17 10:02 pm (UTC)
1. To avoid bruising, you may want to try climbing slower. You may be moving too fast and either swinging into the wall/holds or banging into the wall as you climb. Watch your feet more when you climb too, so that you are placing your feet more purposefully and not just running into the wall as you climb.
To speed healing, look into stuff like Tiger Balm or other types of liniments. Also, massage the bruises asap, as that will keep swelling down and prevent the blood from pooling there.
2. Climb slower. Some blisters are natural ad the result of callouses forming. Otherwise, you may be climbing too fast and over reaching, causing your hands to take a lot of your body weight and subsequently grinding on the holds. You could also try taping your hands. Plenty of books out there (Learning to Rock Climb) give advice for proper taping techniques
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[User Picture]From: lenkapenka14
2006-02-17 10:28 pm (UTC)
Thank you!
Tiger Balm, you said? Does it really help for bruises, or just sore muscle?
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[User Picture]From: mrcoat
2006-02-18 03:02 pm (UTC)
Tiger Balm is better for sore muscles, but in a pinch, if you massage a bruise and work in some tiger balm (esp after a hot shower) it will help reduce the chances of bruising. I also recommend Zheng Gu Shui, Gotong Tiegao patches or Dit Da Jow (find a Chinese Herbalist/Martial Arts Store and ask for it - I used it on bad training days). But you'll smell like menthol for a bit :)
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From: corpralmike
2006-02-17 11:43 pm (UTC)
With the blisters, once your fingers develop caluces (is that how you spell it?) it wont be as much of an issue, but also, depending on how fast you climb, planting your hands well and not dragging them on the holds too much helps alot. Taping can be restrictive, i dont have much of a problem anymore, but i used to just tape when a blister broke or something.

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