How to Use Ice for Injuries
Ice, Ice BABY! This is a very common question and one we can’t wait to help you with. The idea of how to use ice to best treat your injuries is one we hear over and over again. Questions like: How do I use ice? Is ice therapy even a good thing? Does it even work? These are all amazing questions.
If you want to learn more about some of the specific physiology and the good, the bad and the ugly about ice therapy vs heat therapy, then give a read of The Ultimate Guide to Ice vs Heat for Injuries. In The Ultimate
That being said, assuming ice is the right fit for you, let’s dive right in! First off, check out our video on exactly how to use ice for the best
So How Long Should I Ice It For
Generally speaking, we recommend when applying ice locally to leave it
This is for a few reasons. The first one is that any longer than that can actually damage the skin! Second, if the tissue gets cold enough, the body will sense this and actually begin increasing the amount of blood flow to that area (the opposite of our goal when using cold therapy) to attempt to warm the area.
How Should I Apply It
We are going to apply either wet or dry ice to the area. What’s the difference? Wet ice refers to the placing of ice directly onto your skin, or on a surface (like a towel) that has been soaked through. This type of ice treatment will transfer the cold temperature much faster and is often less comfortable. It is also riskier when it comes to damaging the skin. Dry ice refers to the use of a cold source (ie. ice pack or bag of peas) separated from the body by a dry towel or sheet to slow the conduction of temperature between the cold source and your skin. This type of treatment takes a little longer to cool down the area but is safer overall.
For obvious reason, our preference and recommendation is the dry ice therapy.
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Let’s talk about ice, baby. So what I want you guys to do with this one is just sort of make sure you’re using ice the right way and feeling comfortable with it.
What I prefer you do is do something like an ice pack or a bag of ice cubes in a towel, bag of peas that sort of thing. Lay down a nice kind of dry towel on top of that and then put that on top there, and you’re holding on there no longer 10 to 15 minutes, letting it sit and relax. To hold longer than that, sometimes we’re finding in the research actually where it will start having an opposite effect and actually start to get, to heat the area from a physiological area, more blood flow goes to the area and increases the blood flow.
So what I mean by that, is don’t hold it on longer than you need to, 10-15 minutes hold it on there, dry towel, ice on top, and that’s it. Put that over the area where it’s uncomfortable and have a good time.
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This is the quad grinder. The goal of this one is to see if we can improve the flexibility from the front side of the quadriceps muscles in the front of the thigh down towards the knee to decrease tension on the kneecap.
To start with you’re going to need a foam roller, a lacrosse ball, a water bottle, something that you can get some flexibility to work out on. I’m going to show this with a foam roller.
What we’re going to do is lay on our belly, nice and tall. Pin this foot up to balance, and hold nice and solid almost like in a plank position. Now, what you’re gonna do is roll back and forth on all different parts of this quad from the front side to the backside kinda like a cylinder. You’re gonna roll back and forth.
Now, what I want you guys to work on with this is once you find a spot that’s nice and sore if it’s comfortable on your knee you’re gonna then push down, lean your weight on that spot and bend the knee through. Come back down, push away on that spot, bend the knee through.
Now, if that’s too uncomfortable to bend the knee that’s fine just hang on it. You can breathe in, out, and sink further into that. So again, back and forth holding that as you hang out on that pressure, okay? That’s it. So use your roller or your ball. A roller’s gonna give you a little general pressure around. If you get into a ball it’s gonna put a lot more local pressure on it and it’ll be a little bit more tender. Choose your poison and have a good time! Keep moving.
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