Icing an injury or heating?


Many people put ice on if they get an injury. But icing an injury helps at all?

You usually hurry up put ice when you get a hard kick over your tibia in the heat of the football game, turn around on the ankle with  high heels or loose your wrist by an accident of roller skates.


Method of treating sports injuries called RICE. RICE stands for:

  • R est
  • I ce
  • C ompression and bandage
  • E levation hold injury upward

The method was developed by the American sports physician Dr. Gabe Mirkin in 1978. Since then, it has been widely accepted throughout the world.

But not all medical practitioners and physiotherapists agree that the RICE method works. Over the years, an increasing number of research results have led to doubts.

The founder of the RICE method, Dr. Gabe Mirkin has even withdrawn his original recommendations, partly because of the suspicion that ice bags can be harmful.

Trainers have used my RICE guidance for decades, but it turns out that both ice and rest can delay healing instead of helping it on its way, writes Dr. Gabe Mirkin in a blog.

Inflammation promotes healing

The theory of “ice treatment is harmful” is explained as follows:

  • After spraining the foot, getting a fibrous or other acute injury, an inflammation occurs immediately.
  • The inflammation causes the immune system to send so-called repair cells to the affected area.
  • The repair cells ensure that the damage heals. If you put ice, you slow down the healing process.

Swelling must be held down

Some claim that swelling is good to recover from injury because it is part of the body’s natural healing process.

There is no evidence that ice is slowing down the healing process. Experiments on animals show that some of the inflammation is slowed by ice-laying, but the experiments also show that the healing process does not stop.

Ice can relieve

Although ice does not have a proven effect on swelling, cooling of the garden may have another positive effect, relieving the pain.

When it does not hurt, you can start using the damaged joint faster and that’s good for healing process.

Everyone agrees that a damaged tissue regenerates faster, if you start moving your injured organ again. It’s usually a bad idea to lay down on the sofa when you’re hurt.

Just after you’ve got an injury and if it hurts really, keep the damaged body in peace, but as soon as you can move it, you should start moving.

Bandage the damage as soon as possible

The researchers also agreed that one should put  compression  on the injury as quickly as possible to keep the swelling down, and then it is a good idea to keep the damaged part upwards.

If the injury is deeper in the tissue, for example, in a muscle, you can as well do not put ice because it can not reach and cool where the damage has occurred.

Is not a miracle cure, but according to the researchers there is no evidence that icing an injury is definitely harmful. Regardless of whether or not you use ice, you must bandage the damage and get moving as quickly as possible, they recommend.