Ice massage is good to assist with reducing any swelling and or inflammation that may occur when injured especially in the 1st 48 hours of the injury occurring. It can also help with temporary pain relief.
How to PERFORM ICE MASSAGE
1. Freeze water in a polystyrene cup. Once its ready to be used rip a small section off around the top to expose the ice.
2. Elevate the injured area to help reduce swelling.
3. Keep the ice moving around in circular movements for 10 minutes, never allowing it to be in 1 spot for too long as if you leave it too long in 1 spot it can further damage the soft tissues and cause frostbite.
Ice massage can be done up to 3 - 5 times a day for the first 48 hours. Allow 2 houts in between sessions. Also ice massage may be useful for those who have arthritis and find they have swelling.
Picture below shows you someone ice massaging their muscles that are effected their arm due to carpal tunnel.
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