I recently watched this video about a more intuitive way to deal with your body's response to injuries. I've never heard of not icing to speed up the healing process since we've always been told that to do that. I thought it was interesting and wondered if anyone else has been doing this? I personally just walk off everything or apply a lot of pressure.
I have a friend who is a massage therapist. One day I injured myself and asked him, "Should I ice it, or put heat on it?" He replied, "Do what you think would feel the best."
Fast forward a couple of years (3 months ago) when I popped a calf muscle. I got home, elevated it, and put heat on it. It seemed like what my body needed. After a few hours, I thought maybe I should ice it, and looked it up on the interwebz. Every freaking site said to never, ever put heat on it. That ice was to only way to go. But you know what? That muscle was worlds better in just one day. It healed a couple of weeks sooner than what all those sites said it would.
A few months ago my mom sprained her ankle pretty bad, and used heat instead of ice. She was back on her feet in a few days with barely a limp. I am on the heat train.
The RICE technique is still the most effective way to deal with injuries. Use RICE in the first 48 hours after the injury, then you can begin massage, stretching and then implement restrengthening the muscles.
I don't ice anymore, I use those heat/cool gels like Perskindol or better yet arnica, that increase blood flow to the area. They work really well for sore/pulled muscles.
I also saw an article not long ago (Can't find it now though) about why NOT to use ice and immobilization for a sprained ankle, but instead do specific movements using elastic bands, and how moving it correctly post-sprain can result in a dramatically faster healing time. Apparently professional football players etc all do this now.
Everything has its time and place. There is likely no single remedy that is best for all circumstances.
Some memory I can't quite place yet is telling me something about alternating heat and cold being a good remedy for injuries with swelling. Maybe this aids the reduction of pain and inflammation and at the same time helps accelerate healing and clear out congestive elements at the injury site.
Can anyone else comment on this combination?
Yes, I still RICE (although technically I "ice" with a bag of frozen corn - it might not be nutritious, but it's AWESOME as an ice pack because of all the little pieces. And you reuse one bag for about a week; just keep sticking it back in the freezer when you're done with it). Icing really helps with my knee pain, which is the one nasty leftover from my days of distance running.
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