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Help. I am injured: Heat or Ice?

Elements Massage Apr 16, 2015

Every wonder if you are doing the right thing to help with an injury?  Many people mix up the heat or ice issue.  Here are the facts.

If your injury just happened, blood flow and inflammation rush to the site causing bruising and swelling.  The ice slows the blood flow and reduces the inflammation and bruising and swelling.  Apply ice with a towel between the ice and skin for no more than 10 minutes per hour.  Applying ice more than this can cause a negative effect on the injury. 

If your injury is a repeated or chronic one, heat is the answer.  The heat brings in blood flow allowing the injury to heal.  Apply heat to site with a towel between your skin and the heat source for 20 minutes per hour.  This is the right amount of time to bring the right amount of blood flow. 

Massage cannot be used on inflammation but, if your injury is chronic, massage can increase blood flow, Range of Motion, and reduce tension. 

If you are in the Dallas area, your local Elements Massage at West Plano can help.  They offer an introductory massage starting at $49 to get you started and a monthly Wellness Program starting at $59 to keep you going.

For more information: 

http://elementsmassage.com/westplano/heat-ice 

http://www.active.com/fitness/articles/heat-vs-ice-best-practices-for-treating-an-injury

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