BEAT THE STITCH!

Here's How

Runner's World South Africa - - Front Page -

What it feels like: In­tense, stab­bing pain un­der the rib cage, usu­ally on only one side Why it hap­pens: Ac­cord­ing to Dr Dean Somerset, an ex­er­cise phys­i­ol­o­gist in Al­berta, Canada, “Typ­i­cally, if some­one is cramp­ing, they’re us­ing mus­cles on that side pref­er­en­tially over oth­ers that would con­trib­ute to breath­ing.”

The fix: While stand­ing, take a few deep belly breaths, then press two fin­gers di­rectly into the af­fected area. As you ap­ply pres­sure, con­tinue tak­ing deep breaths and lean to­wards your op­po­site side from your hips. Hold for sev­eral sec­onds or un­til you feel the pain sub­side.

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