Common mistakes in using an ice pack

we’ll talk about the errors that perhaps you (already) make when you use an ice pack

Written Friday, by Emanuele Mortarotti

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Inspired by an article published on activewrap.com, in this article we’ll talk about the errors that perhaps you (already) make when you use an ice pack - errors you should correct, if you don't want to worsen the situation. Enjoy your reading!

 

After a small injury is it your first instinct to take an ice pack and slap it onto the aching part to solve the problem? There are better ways to use this tool - which can be extremely helpful if you follow some simple advice. Here are the 4 most common mistakes - and 4 tips to avoid them!

 

Error number 1: using an ice pack without protecting your skin.

Placing an ice pack on the skin without first wrapping it in a cloth, towel or t-shirt is a fairly common mistake, but it can cause further damage. When the skin is exposed to cold, pain and swelling are reduced, but the flow of blood may also stop: watch out!

 

Error number 2: keeping the ice pack on the aching part too long.

If kept on the aching part for too long, an ice pack can become a counterproductive tool. Holding it on the same area of the body continuously can cause damage to nerves - a condition that can become permanent, causing many problems. Therefore, try to use the ice pack in intervals: keep it on for 10 minutes, then stop for another 10 and then, if necessary, repeat the procedure. However, the skin needs to "rest" after the thermal shock caused by the sensation of cold.

 

Error number 3: not raising the aching part when swollen.

If the aching part is swollen, it will undoubtedly need more than an ice pack: surely it will help alleviate the pain and discomfort but it needs to be elevated, especially if there is swelling. If you skip this fundamental part, the swelling will not go away easily; therefore, keep the swollen part raised (with a pillow, chair, stool or anything that can help you keep it lifted) and then apply the ice pack to it.

 

Error number 4: not resting

With any injury, even a minor one, you need to rest ¬– a fundamental factor that should not be overlooked which allows the body to recover optimally. Even in this case, using an ice pack properly is not enough, if you don't get enough rest. Even our most active or sporty readers must accept having to get in bed or “park” on the couch for a few days to recover all their strength. The body relies heavily on relaxation and rest to recover from injuries and small (and large) accidents: keep it in mind!

 

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