Pain and discomfort from a chronic condition? Use heat.
Using heat may help relax muscles. Heat can ease discomfort for cramping. Arthritic/aching joints and tight backs can also benefit from applying heat.
Use ice for acute injuries, right? Maybe Not.
For years the practice has been to treat injuries with ice. You may know the acronym RICE — Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Back in 2017, I recommended what the medical scientific community also recommended for acute injury — ice.
But there’s new thinking on using ice to treat injuries.
Turns out, swelling and inflammation are different. Inflammation from injury — that’s part of the healing process.
We’re getting away from RICE, and turning towards PEACE & LOVE.
In April 2019, two British physical therapists proposed another acronym in the British Journal of Sports Medicine: PEACE — Protect, Elevate, Avoid anti-inflammatory modalities, Compress, Educate — & LOVE — Load, Optimism, Vascularization, Exercise. —The Cold, Hard Truth About Icing Your Injuries
How should you treat your injuries? Come see me in the office.
If you find yourself with an acute injury, it’s best to see a healthcare professional to set you up with a healing protocol that will NOT damage your tissues, as ice is now shown to possibly do —
…a 2015 article published in Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy showed that the narrowing of blood vessels caused by icing persists after cooling ends and the resulting restriction of blood flow can kill otherwise healthy tissue; that is, icing causes more damage on top of the existing injury. —The Cold, Hard Truth About Icing Your Injuries
We serve many atheletes in our office. We also see people injured in car accidents. No matter the cause of your acute injury, your instinct may be to ice it. While this will certainly reduce the pain, I suggest calling our office to ask what to do for your pain until you can get in to see me.
Together, we’ll figure out what you need to get back into life as soon as possible.