R.I.C.E. is NOT Nice

If you are involved in Sports Medicine, it is the ultimate “commandment.” Even if you are not involved, you know it and probably have done it for quite a number of injuries.

R.I.C.E. is the acronym which stands for Rest, Ice, Compress and Elevate. For the past 40 years or so, those who have twisted their ankles or injured a shoulder have followed this protocol.

New research shows that it is NOT the way to go. (Old natural principles have always said this, but more on this one later.)

Those who use ice believe that it prevents inflammation and reduces the associated swelling. Research now has concluded that icing doesn’t prevent inflammation or swelling; it only delays it.

Once the areas around the tissues comes back to its normal temperature (post-ice), inflammation resumes and the body sends the correct amount of fluid to the injured region. Numbing via ice simply shuts down protective signals that alert you to movements and angles that may cause more damage. The Journal of Athletic Medicine Research recently showed that “icing actually kills muscle cells.”

If this one was not enough,  a study in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research was more disturbing. “Ice fails to help heal injuries AND it may very well delay recovery from said injury.”

For some, this comes as a shock. For others, particularly those of us who have studied natural medicine for a long time, this is verification of principles we adhere to. One of them is that “ice slows things down.”

Yes, icing may provide temporary pain relief. In the long haul, what will generate true healing is movement and flow of blood and Qi (energy). These 2 will bring about genuine healing via providing of nutrition to clear the inflammation and allow tissues to heal.

Bottom line: Ice is great in tea but not for injury.

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