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The Pressure of Being Upside Down
Written by Melissa Hurley

Have you ever gotten little dots around your eyes or on your face after doing a bunch of handstand push-ups in a workout? For me, any workout where I’m upside down for any length of time (handstand walks, HSPU, etc.), I can expect these little dots to appear. So, I did some research to see if I could uncover this small mystery and thought some of you might also be plagued by these dots. Here’s what I found….

These small dots are called petechiae. According to the Mayo website: “They are tiny blood vessels (capillaries) that link the smallest parts of your arteries to the smallest parts of your veins. Petechiae appear when capillaries bleed, leaking blood into the skin. Prolonged straining (vomiting, coughing, sneezing, getting choked) can cause this bleeding.”

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So congratulations! Just like me, you were “prolonged in your straining” of HSPU! You were working really hard and your body was trying to accomplish what you were demanding of it so much that you burst! Literally!

In addition, if you have been taking aspirin or even fish oil, you might be contributing to these dots appearing. Both of these thin the blood. Aspirin is used to quell minor body aches and pains, and to reduce inflammation when we’re sore. But it’s also an anticoagulant, which means it thins your blood slightly and can contribute to bruising, bleeding, and bleeding in the skin.

Don’t worry! These little hemorrhages will go away within a few days. If you find that you get them without trauma, you do need to get them checked out. There are bacteria and other infections that can cause these petechiae to burst. Or if you feel that you get them too often, go get your platelet level checked; it can be a serious issue.

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vutoant0101

anal pornz Thanks a lot for this blog post! I was going “Now what!?”. Giant thumbs up from me.

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Martin Jul Hammer

Thanks a lot for this blog post! I was going “Now what!?”. Giant thumbs up from me.

Thomas “Tension” Guenard
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Thomas “Tension” Guenard

Do you breath correctly when you do handstand? Mine appears when I stop/block breathing to get a stronger core during the exercise. When I think to breath, I feel less pressure into the head and don’t have these petechiae. Try to contract your core/ab without constraining your respiratory muscle. Hope it’s clear and it will help some of us.

Elz
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Elz

I do notice I tend to stop breathing as much while I’m focused on engaging my core. It’s hard to correct.

Tony Alaniz
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Tony Alaniz

I did 45 HSPU today and now noticed these under my eyes. How long does it usally take until they show?

Mihir
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Mihir

Do headstand after warm ups like sun salutations don’t keep it for long if you are overweight, Focus on building core strength first rather than trying to hop or take a jump to get in the posture. Also put weight on your triceps and shoulders rather than neck and head. Only one inch centre portion of the head must be on the ground if you have taken the position properly.

My strong advise improper yoga is dangerous, take expert guidance.

Joey Gochnour
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Joey Gochnour

I get these. Today I did handstands and upside down crunches. I find these are associated with some sort of headaches as well. I wonder if they are healthy or risky for any sort of medical problem? I get them almost every time I do them. I’d hate to have to quit doing them, but I don’t want a hemorrhagic stroke either. Since I shave my head, I get to see all the ones on my scalp too.

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Elz

I just started to notice I’m getting these after inverted exercise. I’ve been learning aerial silks for about a year and a half now and just started doing Acro again too. I’ve been seeing them occur about weekly now for the past 3 weeks. I was pretty freaked out when I first noticed them and am only slightly comforted by what I’ve found online so far, but I haven’t gone to see my doctor about it yet.
Have you learned any more since this comment?

Joey Gochnour
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Joey Gochnour

Nope but reminds me something to ask the doctor in less than a month.

Liz
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Liz

Thanks for sharing this, as this indeed happens to me! I was wondering if I was the only one. 🙂