Aching legs and Accidental Athlete’s-and leg health2009 Copyright Michael Gillan 3 www.aching-legs.org
How can gravity and atmospheric pressure be utilized to help the legs to stop aching?
We could simply use the recommended way of doing it-and reverse the flow so that some of theweight of fluid flows back up the legs to the bodyThis way reverses the flow from the feetThis is known as
recovery because it relies on the blood and fluid to leave the legs andthen the legs can recover themselves- because of the time it takes for all this to work (unknown), thelegs which may be sore, stiffen up and on standing, walking may be difficult to doAs the old blood and fluids have left the legs through the veins, new blood will have been pumpedthere by the heart through the arteries, but it too will have gone coldAll this fluid from the legs has to go somewhere so it goes again to the lowest part of the body, thistime towards the head-on standing many people will go dizzy and disoriented for a few minutes,they may even fall over or trip-this lasts until everything equalises and they regain equilibrium
If You Don’t Move It You Lose ItThis also goes for the legs and the muscles
While you have been lying with the legs elevated the muscles also stiffen up and they may go toolight-the muscles in the legs forget how to move because they are not getting any feedback frompressure and stretch receptors located in the skin, muscle tissues and joints about their environmentand position in relation to the rest of the bodyAll the feedback goes back to a part of the brain called the Cerebellum in latin this means smallbrain-with all the information supplied to it, it compares where the muscles are now, and where theyshould be-this information is sent to the brain which organises the smooth movement of the bodypart to where it is going to
In these runners who have been on the track for 3 days, the legs have stopped moving,they could not get up and walk in a straight line if they tried