CaTherapy

Finally a day off!

I’ve been busy at work for the past  week, and I think I’ve sprained one of the flexor muscles in my palm (which incidentally makes texting hot guys EVEN MORE DIFFICULT than it has to be ;-; )

I wouldn’t say my work is extremely strenuous- but sometimes it can be downright tiring!

Hard at workies….

I’m one of the most energetic people on the games, and being energetic comes with its own set of pros and cons;

One of those being shouting at the top of your lungs for around 4 hours straight – and losing your voice as a result…. Now i sound like an obese pug.

Sexy.

So… It being my day off (and my payday – yay!).  I’ve decided I’ve earnt myself some decent R&R!

 Who needs acupuncture when you have this cutie???? 

Fuku, clearly choosing to ignore me here.

Sleeping with a cat is possibly one of the most comforting things you can do; the purring, the soft fur, the smell of bad cat breath…..

Okay scratch that last one.

see what i did there?

… well I thought it was funny.

IN OTHER NEWS:

Did you know the purr from a cat can aid in BONE REPAIR? 

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Veterinary and Orthopedic research Scientists have shown that low magnitude, high  frequency vibrations between 25-100 Hertz can actually aid in repair of bone tissue!  

In a 2008 case report in the journal of Orthopedic research suggested that the application of mechanical low magnitude signals can improve bone healing and speed up recovery in the peritosteal region of sheep with fractured tallus’ (1);

The periosteium is the outer layer of membrane that covers bones. Cred. Google

At 10-weeks post-op, the callus in the Experimental group was 3.6-fold stiffer (p < 0.03), 2.5-fold stronger (p = 0.05), and 29% larger (p < 0.01) than Controls. Bone mineral content was 52% greater in the Experimental group (p < 0.02).

These data reinforce the critical role of mechanical factors in the enhancement of fracture healing, and emphasize that the signals need not be large to be influential and potentially clinically advantageous to the restoration of function.

And, the American acoustical society filed a report referencing the fantastic felines themselves :

Domestic cats, servals, ocelots, and pumas produce fundamental, dominant, or strong frequencies at exactly 25 Hz and 50 Hz, the two low frequencies that best promote bone growth/fracture healing.

These four species have a strong harmonic exactly at, or within 2 Hz of 100 Hz, a frequency used therapeutically for pain, edema, wounds, and dyspnea (2).

 

Perhaps the best way to heal a skull fracture after stacking it at your next basketball game is to put a cat on your face.

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They went further to mention that this supposed ‘healing mechanism’ of purring may in fact, be used by cats purely in times of stress – when the cat’s are injured or sick.

So all along, when I thought Fuku was loving my weirdly close hugs – perhaps was getting over the stomach bug, or had nausea, a headache?

Next time I cuddle up to Fuku, i’ll make sure she’s okay first.

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Bibliography:

  1. Goodship, A., Lawes, T., & Rubin, C. (2009). Low-magnitude high-frequency mechanical signals accelerate and augment endochondral bone repair: Preliminary evidence of efficacy. Journal Of Orthopaedic Research, 27(7), 922-930. http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jor.20824
  2. von Muggenthaler, E. (2001). The felid purr: A healing mechanism?. The Journal Of The Acoustical Society Of America, 110(5), 2666. http://dx.doi.org/10.1121/1.4777098
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