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One of the best uses for our ice-based products is in sports: what happens when you run up against a small injury? How can ice soothe pain and relieve swelling? Let's find out together using an interesting article published on the Harvard Medical School website.
While it is true that physical exercise is a cure-all for the body (and mind) - it prevents the threat of various diseases and lengthens life expectancy - we cannot ignore the downside: people who exercise run the risk of getting injured.
Though it is quite rare for exercise to cause heart problems, it is important to emphasise the importance of having a thorough medical check-up before starting any activity that involves the stimulation of movement: blood, cardiologic and orthopaedic examinations should all be done. "Listening" to your body is another useful suggestion: chest pain, an accelerated heartbeat or erratic rhythm, shortness of breath, vertigo and dizziness are all disorders that are more common than you think and are a clear indicator that something is wrong. Take care of yourself and always consult an expert!
Back to what we were saying about ice: how to use it for injuries? There is a perfect acronym in English that explains the steps that need to be taken when you get hurt after pulling a muscle, falling and the like: it's called PRICE. Let's see in detail what it’s all about!
- P stands for protection. Skin tissues subject to wounds and/or injuries must be protected from further injury. Do this by applying bandages, elastic wraps and similar aids.
- R stands for rest. Injured tissues need time to heal. This is an obvious principle but constant training may make you overlook it. Don’t give in to the temptation: you may come out on the losing end of a shortcut and injure yourself again. Opt for “selective rest”; while your hand recovers from tendinitis, you can still jog, run or work out your legs. Dealing with a rest period may open up your eyes to the need to diversify your workouts and acquire new skills.
- I is for ice. Ice is the cheapest, simplest and most effective way to treat injuries. Ice is an excellent anti-inflammatory able to reduce swelling and pain. For best results, apply an ice pack for 10/15 minutes as soon as an injury occurs. Repeat the treatment every hour for the first few hours, then 4 times a day for the next three days. Cover your skin with a light cloth and don’t allow it to become red, blistered or blisters to form. Once you get through the first three days, repeat the treatment but with a heat source.
- C is for compression. Pressure helps reduce swelling and inflammation. In most situations, a simple elastic bandage is sufficient. It must be comfortable and not too tight. Bear in mind that swelling may develop even hours after you’ve been injured. A handy trick is to place a small piece of foam rubber directly on the injured part before wrapping. This will put some gentle pressure directly on the swollen area and will not bother you.
- E is for elevation. This simple strategy allows you to drain liquids from injured tissues, reducing swelling, inflammation and pain. Keep the sore part raised (using a pillow). This stratagem will help you get back into shape before you know it. Seeing is believing!
Incredible, isn’t it? Combined with these other suggestion, ice can truly help fight swelling and pain caused by brusque movements. Dispotech and its line of sports products is the right choice for all sportsmen and women!
Did you know about these healing methods? Do you use ice to make you feel better? Let us hear your opinion by contacting Dispotech, your disposable excellence.