George Launchbury Posted February 11, 2008 Share Posted February 11, 2008 Hi everyone,Although I feel like a teenager saying this: I have a friend who asked me for some advice... Mostly wondered really if anyone has come across this before, especially if it might be a health risk! Be especially careful with spines, knees and/or eyes, I always say!When doing sessions of Handstands and HSPUs, He has problems with feeling pressure in his head/eyes and getting really bloodshot (on occasions actual blood under eyelid). He's 30, 5'7'' (I think) and in good health and good shape. He doesn't smoke and drinks occasionally, eating mostly Paleo, but with Dairy and occasional grains. Plenty of good fat and protein. He is (as am I) new to gymnastic style training.In his words:...also feeling a bit frustrated with HS as they make my eyes and head hurt and I am getting very bloodshot eyes. not just a bit pink all over, but actual pockets around the pinky bits under the eyelids with real red blood in them. i thought i had been doing enough for that to stop by now.I asked him for some additional details to help clarify:blood pressure: checked a few months ago when joined local GP. was 120 over 80 ( i think) which the nurse tells me is perfect and the official standard of what it should be. (i wasn't doing a handstand when she took it though).[been doing them] since we started, about 3-4 weeks ago I suppose, I have done handstands most days. normally a few sessions per day and generally only for a minute at a time. i will do a handstand against a wall, maybe try a balance and maybe a few HSPUs, but nothing major. if i feeling strong i might do as many as ten HSPU in one sitting (with 30ish seconds between sets of 3, 2 or 1). a session would not last longer than about two mins including rests at most.most consecutive hspu i managed was about 5 or 6 once, against wall. normally no more than 3.the eyes still feel like bursting when not doing hspu. only need to be upside down for 20 - 30 secs. made a bit worse by hspu. same applies to hanging...I know that it can take time for some people to adjust to excercising while inverted (although not sure how much) and I would have thought that he (like me) might have seen some improvement by now. I also asked if he held his breath while doing them, and he answered that his breathing was pretty much inline with any other exercise with a similar level of exertion (i.e. not freely, but not held either).Thanks for your time,George. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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