When to use Ice?
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.