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I am grateful to Nate, Swine Flu, and an anonymous poster on Slashdot, for pointing me at this:

http://www.phoenixchildrens.com/emily-center/child-health-topics/handouts/CPT-55b.pdf

It's a fascinating technique. The jist of it is drumming on the lungs to shake loose any nasty clumps of mucus. One curiosity-experiment round of that and I got out a ton of stuff, including the persistent infection in my lower left lung, and regained an impressive amount of lung capacity. Best lung fixer I've ever come across. I heard from [livejournal.com profile] wetdryvac that this is also used by some runners.

From a ninja perspective, this is a wonderful application for Happa Ken, which is a strike we hardly ever get to practice, since its primary damaging applications are things like bursting eardrums. I find the idea of striking as a medical technique fascinating, and am delighted to have an interesting way of practicing this strike.

It's possible for me, with my silly flexibility, to reach all the striking points so long as I use a different strike on the lower-rear one, but it's more difficult to relax into it when doing the technique on myself, and tensing up prevents the percussion. I'm looking forward to seeing what level of long-term improvement occasional use of this can produce for me, and curious whether it helps anyone else who feels like trying it.

Date: 2009-04-30 09:45 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wetdryvac.livejournal.com
A few other runner stretch and post race techniques use the same manner of striking, but to main muscle groups (calves in my case) post race to keep a cramp from developing into a full out spasm. 4-5 strikes, hard/deep massage, stretch, walk, repeat if needed. I'd also occasionally use palm and point strikes to pressure points in the feet if I were having trouble working out lactic acid post race, or if I felt cramps were trying to happen.

Date: 2009-04-30 09:47 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] wetdryvac.livejournal.com
Oh, and if you ever go music hunting: Human Drum by Cubanate is good fun.

Date: 2009-05-01 04:56 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feonixrift.livejournal.com
My African drumming instructor, back in New Mexico, real hippie dude... He did one piece every time he performed that started with:

I'm the drum,
You're the drum,
We're the drum,
All together now...

Peace, understanding, and looove,
Peace, understanding, and love!

Date: 2009-04-30 10:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] brightvalley.livejournal.com
I had a friend in high school with CF so she was in the hospital more frequently than anyone wanted. CPT was simply called "compression" back then. The real danger with it, as in her case, is when the technician cracks a rib. From observing (and doing it myself) I'd think if you're intent on doing this to yourself it might be as effective to simply use a Swedish massager to provide the agitation, otherwise it really seems to be best if someone else does it for you.

Date: 2009-05-01 04:54 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feonixrift.livejournal.com
That's one of the nice things about actually being trained in this particular strike - I can achieve significant percussion with a light enough blow to not risk the ribs at all.

Date: 2009-04-30 11:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunfell.livejournal.com
I really wish I hadn't sold my Homedics percussion massager thingy at my yard sale- I could really use it. I am so strangled with mucus right now, it isn't funny.

I may have to go buy another one.

Date: 2009-05-01 07:54 am (UTC)
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Oh, yeah, I did this when I was a nurse's assistant on our quadriplegic client! It was very effective for him, but somehow I never thought of trying it on myself. I'll have to -- thanks!

Date: 2009-05-15 09:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] feonixrift.livejournal.com
I hacked up a cubic centimeter of solid yellow horror-blob, along with saturating five kleenexes... Haven't had any significant lung problems since.
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