Sometimes I feel like my body is like a MacGyver concoction, held together by Super Glue, safety pins and smart ass prayers. I’m in pretty good shape and all, with the mostly healthy food and regular workouts. But for way too many years, the frozen peas that crowd my freezer have been used for healing aching body parts instead of eating.
It all started back in the late 1990’s following a string of sprained ankles. My podiatrist at the time was an affable guy who worked with Olympic athletes and normal folk alike (hence my face time in his office). He suggested elevating and icing each ankle using a small bag of frozen peas because they conformed so well to the contours of feet. Sure enough, somewhere between 10-15 minutes each day with those little packets of Green Giant’s best and my ankles were back to normal. By the turn of the century, I pulled the frozen pea trick following every intense work out to keep my ankles happy.
About six years ago, my knees decided to join in on the fun. A diagnosis of chondromalacia patellae, a fancy, high SAT verbal score way of saying soft cartilage under the knees caps, was the impetus. Icing those suckers helped remove pain and swelling, and boy was I grateful. Then like the fluffy creatures that multiply when you add water from “Gremlins,” the frozen pea packets started to proliferate. Add in the parts of my feet impacted by neuromas last year, and now I’m up to six bags per icing session following a day of hard exercise. Just check out the lovely photo accompanying this post to see the bag I haul out each night for medicinal purposes. Fun times, right? Guess that explains why I never order peas anymore when dining out, irrationally suspecting they’re just been used to treat someone’s tennis elbow.
Do you have any sore spots, chronic injuries or tweaks on your body? If so, how do you treat them?