Silicium Gel - A personal review - Day 1



Day 1 - 21/06/2021


I’ve been climbing a lot since the latest lockdown ended and I’ve slowly been developing “niggles” in various parts of my body. The pains are mainly in my arms, shoulders, and hands. These pains don’t impair my climbing but do ache or cause discomfort. They are mainly muscular, or tendon related as best I can tell, but I don’t feel the need to go see a specialist just yet.


I had been project bouldering at my max grade yesterday and the pain during climbing was around a 3 or a 4 for me. This isn’t to bad and doesn’t impact my climbing as I am able to push through it, however it was around a 5 when I woke up and was quite tender around the area. Therefore, I wanted something to help sooth the pain, and potentially help in the healing process.


Today I have put a small amount of silicium gel on 3 problem areas.

  1. A tendon like pain that has developed after an impact. It is on the inside of my right elbow and feels like tendon pain when moving my wrist. It is noticeable whilst hang boarding, doing pull ups or trying one arm hangs. This has been persistence for about 2-3 weeks now.

  2. A muscular pain in a shoulder that has come from moving through a very series of moves on a project over the weekend that has caused a dull ache.

  3. My hands, because I used it to rub into the above areas. Although nothing majorly serious is happening with my hands/ fingers, there are twinges that are evident during and after hard project climbing. I am going to monitor this to see if there are any positive changes.


The recommendation is to use the gel 2/3 times a day.

 

Initial thoughts:

  • It smells great as you are applying it. This isn’t the most important thing to me, but it definitely helps.

  • You need far less than you think. This product spreads easily and covers large areas with smaller than a pea sized amount.

  • The gel does dry a little sticky, but it is equally possible that I have used too much.

  • Within the first couple of minutes, it is clear to notice that it feels cold in the areas that it has been used, and almost feels relieving.

  • Within 30-45 minutes I could feel that the discomfort was reduced and I checked by performing my current endurance set on my home hang board to see if the pain increased under load, and it never got above a 3 or 4. Similar to project climbing.


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