Re: Re: The Science of Cramping

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r-at-work
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side stitch… diaphram spasm… like other muscles it could be several things, for lots of runners it's a repitition thing related to breathing… I was told to reduce the incidence of stitches to 'belly breathe', that is to stick out my gut as I breathe in, gross but it works… also once you get a stitch, you raise your arm (on the same side as the stitch) above your head (as you are running) and stretch the whole side of your body upwards. this looks stupid but it does tend to relax the spasm and ease the pain.
-Rita