Flabile

This now-obsolete word has several definitions:

in the context of an instrument, flabile means “played by blowing”;
more broadly it means “liable to be blown about.”
The term is built on the Latin verb flare meaning “to blow.”


Insanity

“The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again, but expecting different results.”

Sometimes you just want the same predictable results…


Cacophany of the Body

noun
harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails. a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds: the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.


dievca experienced a cacophony of bodily noises as she slept. Every time she flipped over, reached for water, readjusted the sheets something popped or cracked. In the morning, she was amazed to find that her body was still in one piece without a lot of pain.

Various factors added to the experience:

  • Aggressive deep tissue full body massage
  • Running around with packing and errands
  • Extensive play session with Master
  • Session on a vibrator plate at the gym pre-flight
  • Passing out on the flight to Europe
  • Heavy stretching session after the flight
  • Two beers and a long hot tub soak with friends
  • A lot of salt from a BBQ and not enough water
  • Pushing through to shift the sleep schedule
  • Passing out in a very comfortable bed
  • Hot flashes

It was a symphony of noise, unlike anything, dievca had ever experienced before…

What caused the noise?

Escaping gases: The synovial fluid present in the joints acts as a lubricant and contains oxygen, nitrogen and carbon dioxide. When a joint pops or cracks the joint capsule is stretched causing gas to release quickly.

Movement of joints, tendons, and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. A snapping sound can occur as the tendon returns to its original position. Your ligaments can also tighten as you move your joints resulting in a cracking sound and most commonly occurs in your knees or ankles.

Loss of cartilage: Arthritic joints tend to make more noises as the loss of smooth cartilage means the bones rub together on a rougher, more unstable surface.

Ligaments: Ligaments are fibrous tissues that connect two bones at a joint. Tight ligaments are prone to popping when they are suddenly moved, this sometimes results in short-lived pain in the area or sometimes you may not experience it at all.

Tendons: Tendons are fibrous tissues that connect muscle to bone and can also cause popping noises around a joint. This is most commonly found in snapping hip syndrome which causes a snapping sensation when the hip is flexed and extended.

Scar tissue: After joint injury or surgery, scar tissue, known as adhesions, is formed by the ligaments which are more prone to popping and cracking.

Why did it end up feeling very good:

When you pop a joint a stretch occurs in the joint capsule which results in relaxation of the surrounding muscles meaning that it feels particularly good in those tight or stiff places! This is also a good indication of where you might be tight in the body. Another theory suggests that popping a joint releases natural painkillers (or endogenous opiates) in the body.

Whatever – dievca was just happy to wake up in one piece and be functioning after all the noise.

Have you ever had this happen?