Should You Ice or Heat An Injury?

It doesn’t matter how much physically active you are, physical injury is part of your life. who haven’t got hurt by a fall or some kind of accident?

when I was a kid and got hurt, my mother always rushed to get a bag of ice and push it against the bruises. It was cold and sometimes hurt more than the original injury. I hated it. When I grew up I thought it was a fact that you have to ice the place of injury. To my surprise, I stumble upon this article that tries to answer the question. To ice or not to ice this is the question…

I think you should read this interesting article and find out for yourself.


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“You should put some ice on that.” <– We’ve all heard it, right? Inflammation has become sort of a bad word in the health world, which is no surprise if you think about how many conditions are related to chronic inflammation – dementia, skin issues, lung issues, heart issues, digestive issues, and depression for example.

So we eat foods that “fight inflammation” and ice injuries to keep inflammation down. But what if inflammation is sometimes our friend? When I injured my rotator cuff while paddle boarding recently, I received a lot of advice on how to treat it. Not all of it made sense to me, so I decided to dig into the research. I also asked my co-author for this article, Dr. Lori Rose, for her thoughts, which we’ll be sharing below.

As always, please keep in mind that this article is for informational purposes only and is based on the opinions of Dr. Rose and myself. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment – a full disclaimer can be found hereOkay, let’s jump in!

How inflammation supports injury healing

In the case of acute injuries (assuming no infection), the swelling and pain we experience actually supports the healing process. Localized inflammation makes blood vessels more leaky, which allows white blood cell to easily travel into the damaged area and support healing. (source)

If we take anti-inflammatories and use ice, we slow down the healing process by reducing the access our white blood cells have to the area. Furthermore, by icing we reduce blood flow, which is what the body uses to bring nutrients needed to create new tissue as well as carry away the waste from the damaged area. When blood flow is reduced, the “trash” that the white blood cells are trying to remove from the area get stuck there, joints get stagnant, scar tissue forms, and the healing process is impaired. (source)

If you’re thinking, “Hey, this sounds a lot like what pediatricians are saying about fevers now – that they’re a natural defense mechanism and reducing them may prolongs illness.” Yep, it is!

While it’s always a good idea to get checked out if an injury is serious or an infection is present, natural responses such as fever and swelling serve a purpose. The main benefit of reducing inflammation and blood flow is that it reduces pain. And while that’s important, there are other options for soothing discomfort that don’t suppress inflammation and blood flow. So if we aren’t icing and reducing inflammation, what exactly should we be doing?”

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