This is one of the most common questions I am asked in my office.
Let’s break it down based on injury type and pain type.
Use ICE for the following:
Benefits of ice are:
Use HEAT for the following:
AVOID heat if:
Benefits of heat are:
Seriously, ice is super important if you have just suffered an injury because the more quickly you apply an ice pack after an injury – hopefully within the first 5 minutes – the less overall tissue injury will occur.
Don’t get me wrong, if you tear your ACL and apply ice, it doesn’t mean that your ACL isn’t still torn. It just means that the ice application will limit the effects tissue damage in the tissues surrounding the ACL.
For example, if you don’t apply ice then you will have a lot more swelling and inflammation. That extra fluid will create pressure on the other tissues in the knee and possibly damage them. Applying ice helps to keep swelling and inflammation under control so that other tissues are as negatively impacted.
You can learn more from a recent Facebook Live Class I recorded. The video class will talk about:
Ever heard of it?
Isn’t massage supposed to bring warmth and relax me?
Ice massage is awesome!
No, it won’t bring you warmth but because ice can decrease muscle spasms, it might relax your muscles and decrease your pain caused by muscle spasm.
Ice massage is typically reserved for smaller areas so it’s not like having an ice pack cover a complete area.
The latest video in the DIY Series will talk about:
You can view the video here:
After watching the video, would you mind sharing it with others?
Ice massage is a great way to apply ice to small areas and it’s quick!
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