Hi All…

Just a quick blog today!  People always ask me should they ice or heat an injury…   Well in short…

Ice is used as soon as the injury occurs… i.e. as soon as you stop the activity which caused the injury.  Especially if range of motion is very restricted and swelling has begun.  Ice immediately, elevate the injured area, rest and continue to ice for 10-15mins ONLY!  Then repeat every hour to hour and a half.  Reason for this is…  it’s not the ice that helps…  it’s the blood that rushes through the area as soon as you take the ice off.  Flushing out the swelling.   All good…

Heat on the other hand is for sore, achey, tired muscles that have stiffened up after an intense work out or over-use activity. i.e from running a marathon to gardening to hoovering the house from top to bottom!  It’s all activity at the end of the day.  If the muscles are working in anyway, they get tired!   Heat softens muscles, easing them back into regular movement again.  You can heat as long and as often as you like.

The idea of heat AND ice together is pointless as they contradict each other.  Ice reduces blood flow.  Heat increases it.  If you do both the body has no idea what you want to do so naturally gets confused and nothing will happen!!  Poor thing! 🙂

So there ya go.  Lesson over for today!

Take Care all and have a good weekend!