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Valsalva maneuver - don't let the bastards grind you down.
Valsalva maneuver
that's the name of the thing you do when you hold your nose closed and blow, so that you can relieve inner ear pressure.

i do it all the time when i'm flying. i need to chew more instead of using the Valsalva maneuver after i already have pressure problems.
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christy_p From: christy_p Date: June 7th, 2003 08:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
is it bad to use the Valsalva maneuver??? I do it all the time. Just wondering if it is a bad thing.........
taumeson From: taumeson Date: June 7th, 2003 09:22 pm (UTC) (Link)
apparently it can get bad if you use it all the time, especially when you use it at the wrong time. apparently it's only good for when the pressure is on the outside and trying to get in. if you use it in the opposite manner, you can blow your valves.

plus, using it too much stretches them out, so it can fuck up your fluid drainage.
christy_p From: christy_p Date: June 7th, 2003 09:34 pm (UTC) (Link)


Ooops...well, i suppose I shouldn't do it so much then, huh. I will try to limit my use of this maneuver until absolutely necessary. :P
innocentbastard From: innocentbastard Date: June 7th, 2003 10:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I can't pressurize my ears without chewing. I tried taking scuba once and that was when I realized I couldn't do it.

Whether it is true or not, my father had the same problem but ignored the pain so that he could go on the subs as a medical doctor for nam.
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