Wednesday, May 29, 2013

To ice or not to still the question

I know that I have mentioned icing vs. not icing before, and I keep hearing questions about it, lately. Why?  Because getting injured in part of life.  We are all exposed to injury risk every day of our lives, from the very first moment we get out of bed each day.  However, the best ways to deal with injury are not always agreed upon, or perfectly clear.  So I would like to simply share some of my thoughts, some supporting links and invite you all to think about them.
In the comments, post your thoughts and experiences...we are all unique snowflakes, and we're all alike.  So your special method of rehabilitation just might fit someone else's needs, too.

Mechanisms of injury repair:
Injuries heal through  basic process, and inflammation is one of the critical steps.  This outlines the 4 steps, and has some nice analogies to make the picture more clear.

Icing vs. Other options:
If inflammation is a critical part of the healing process, then why would we want to inhibit it?  Glad I'm not the only one asking this question... Do what I did and set aside time to watch that ENTIRE conversation while you're icing and injury.  Fun!

And if you're not in the mood to watch the whole thing right now, here's a similar concept in article format.

Beyond minor soft tissue injuries: supporting the body's healing mechanisms:
All things in moderation, right?  Too much inflammation for too long will eventually just wear the body out and make it unable to efficiently heal the little aches and pains we live with every day.  But don't take my word for it (as Lavar Burton would say) a book.

....and just what if you have already let it go, and the damage is done...can it be healed?  Some people think so.  I know a guy who's actually been to this doctor and absolutely swears by prolotherapy, which is intended to stimulate a healthy inflammation response. Go back and read that think about it.  Make sense?

Browse through that information.  EDUCATE YOURSELF, and then decide what you want to do with your injuries.  It's your body, take ownership of it!