When to use Ice?

Exeter massage Ice advice?
It is often confusing to determine whether Ice or heat treatment is appropriate for treatment. Both heat and Ice can be beneficial, but using them at the wrong time can prolong injury recovery time.

Ice application is usually advised when an injury is in an inflammatory phase, known as acute phase. This usually occurs following an initial injury or a re-aggravation of an old injury.

Ice treatment helps by the following actions:

  • Reducing blood flow to the affected area
  • Reducing pain
  • Reducing swelling
  • Slows down local cell activity

Ice should be applied no longer than 20 minutes. The ice is recommended to be wrapped within a damp cloth to reduce the risk of ice burn. Some studies have have indicated that ice can create more inflammation if the area is iced for a a period over 8 minutes. It is therefore argued to ice at 8 minute intervals with 20 minutes break intervals.