Re: is icing really the solution to inflammation?
A very convincing argument but I'm still skeptical myself.
First of all we are not perfect healing machines. To suggest we are sort of puts all healthcare out of business.
There is definately some debate around icing though, with the vast majority of professionals still using it. Following what everyone else does isn't necessarily the right thing to do though. We should always be open to new ideas.
I really like Kelly's info, but at the same time you have to see that they're pushing a product here. If we are such good healing machines then why do they need to create this compression product in the first place? For starters elevation has been shown to be more effective than compression in reducing swelling.
Currently, we are taught that icing should take place during the inflammatory phase (0-72 hours) of an injury. No 'healing' as such takes place during this phase. It is a time to set up the right environment for the healing phases which follow, whilst preventing further damage. It's to be used in acute injuries and generally avoided in chronic injuries. It's purpose is to reduce bleeding and swelling which can be damaging to surrounding tissue, preventing movement of the joint, which is crucial for optimal recovery. Reducing pain through ice treatment also allows movement of the joint. Pain prevents movement. No one suggests using ice all day long with no movement. I still think ice has it's place when used correctly.
We use POLICE now. Protect, optimal loading, ice, compression, elevation. Rather than 'rest', which as highlighted in the vid is misleading.
I think as with most things it's all about finding the right balance. In this vid they talk about inflammation being necessary for healing which is undeniably true, but he seems to suggest using ice removes this phase completely... Which is not true.. We have to ask, how much inflammation is necessary for optimal healing? And when does too much become damaging? Ice and nsaid's are not used to remove inflammation completely. They are used to reduce it. Finding the perfect balance is what seems to be unknown especially when every injury is unique in severity.
Good vid though, cheers for sharing.
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