Shooting helps Medical problems?


March 18, 2003, 01:37 AM
Recently I came down with the standard mix of bronchitus and pneumonia to complicate my asthma. It wasn't a pleasant two weeks. While just trying to breath one day, I tried to relax by driving around. Well, I ended up at the local range.

A couple of hundred rounds later, I discovered that I now felt much better. For five or six hours later I had little or no trouble breathing and had no trouble working on a multitude of projects. My initial belief was that I was simply getting better.

Wrong. The next day I had an even harder time breathing. Driving around, I hadn't made the connection to shooting yet, I ended up at the range and used up a few more rounds. Sure enough, I was considerably better for hours.

Since, I've had asthma practically from the day I was born I'm fairly adept at finding the relationships between my breathing and environmental conditions so about this time I started wondering if shooting could be making the difference.

So, I waited until the next time I was having difficulty breathing. It only took a day. It worked again, and has multiple times since.

I use to shoot a considerable amount when I was much younger in my late teens and early twenties. During that time I had little or no problems with my asthma. I had always assumed and have been told by multiple doctors, that was due to my age. I believed them. But now, I'm beginning to wonder a bit.

Asthma can definitely be affected by my emotional and mental state. It's a common trick of many asthmatics to very deeply relax to help ease the breathing difficulties we have. Becoming angry or upset while having difficulty breathing is simply extremely foolish.

I'm beginning to wonder if the mental concentration required by target shooting may have helped me. Perhaps, target practice may be a great relaxation technique. Or maybe it's something else.

I've only recently restarted shooting fairly often, so I don't have as much experience with this as I should. Has anyone else ever noticed anything like this?

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March 18, 2003, 01:48 AM
new rule when feeling down bust a few rounds .. Actually if you use shooting for relaxation it helps , it calms me down when I get all stressed out speaking of which I think i'll go to the range tommorow .:D

March 18, 2003, 08:26 AM
I have asthma and it often flares up while I run around packing up to go to the range. If I can get out and go shooting however, it almost always backs off.

I think the concentration on shooting has a lot to do with it. When I focus on the front sight lots of other things go out of focus. :cool:

Chris Rhines
March 18, 2003, 01:14 PM
Does sociopathy count as a medical problem? :D

- Chris

March 18, 2003, 01:18 PM
Shooting does help calm the nerves.

I have three things that I can always count on to calm me when I'm really uptight.

1. I can reload a box of .25 ACP. Believe me, you will think of nothing else when reloading .25

2. I can listen to the soothing skirl of the Bagpipes.

3. I can go shooting.

None of these three have ever failed me.

Standing Wolf
March 18, 2003, 06:09 PM
I suffer from arthritis and computer wrist. I've found that a trip to the range and cleaning guns usually leave my wrist feeling much less painful, much more relaxed, usually much stronger. I think varying the use of the joint helps considerably.

March 18, 2003, 06:16 PM
Shooting can cure idiocy.

March 18, 2003, 10:46 PM
I deal with the public on a daily basis so you can imagine my mind set at the end of a really bad day. Nothing calms me down like a couple of hours at the range.

March 19, 2003, 06:32 AM
hmmmmm I have asthma arthritis and a couple other problems that usually go away when im shooting. Could it be that there is an adrenaline rush in shooting? Or is it that you block everything else out when you're shooting a firearm? Whatever it is it works :D

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