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We have spoken several times in our blog about “natural” remedies for treating minor injuries or to at least bring a little relief. In this article, we sought to outline the difference between hot packs and cold packs, whilst in this article, we aimed to list the most common mistakes when using ice to combat pain. Today, thanks to an article published on verywellfit.com, we attempt to answer a common question: does ice slow down or help recovery in the event of an injury? Happy reading!
It was Dr Gabe Mirkin, one of the utmost authoritative figures in sports medicine and author of one of the most popular and oft-consulted texts on sports medicine, to have instilled doubt in the medical community.
On his website, Dr Mirkin wrote an extensive article about the use of ice and its contribution to recovering from injury. Recent research suggests that swelling is part of the healing process itself and there is no actual evidence that ice somehow helps to recover faster. Moreover, inflammation is a natural response of the immune system: cells produced by the human body then “position themselves” in the traumatised area and begin the healing process.
It seems that the only real benefit to using ice is to reduce the feeling of pain, bringing a sense of relief that is not lasting but is certainly comforting to the injured person. Likewise, using ice or an ice pack on a painful area for too long is not recommended. According to Dr Mirkin, you should not use an ice pack or other cooling agents for more than 5 minutes.
Medical research is continuing with studies on this matter and, no doubt, we will have more news on the properties of ice in the near future.
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