Ice, Ice Baby (???)

  

"All right, stop, collaborate and listen" - Vanilla Ice, "Ice Ice Baby" 1990.

Just as many of us were led to make some poor musical choices in the '90s and moved on to more intelligent aural influences, the medical profession is seemingly changing its tune on the use of ice as an appropriate modality (or at least the reasons for using ice) post-injury. How many times have you come across the old acronym "Rest Ice Compression Elevation" with regard to taking care of a freshly gibbled ankle, sprained shoulder, or knackered knee? This has been the gospel from the venerable medical profession long before the sage Vanilla Ice ever rocked the mic.

Recent research suggests that we may be better off using the ice pack more as a way to mitigate pain rather than as an effective tool for reducing swelling as we've been previously taught. Instead, we may be better off modifying the old acronym to "MCE", or Movement (of a tolerable and safe nature), Compression, and Elevation. We want to compress our lymphatics and muscles and elevate the affected area when possible. Essentially we are trusting the body's natural inflammatory response and are supporting the healing process by stopping our old, outdated ways, collaborating with the natural healing process and listening to our bodies.

Vanilla Ice, if you are reading this post, you could make a comeback as MC-E (no charge for that brilliant career rebuilding strategy from me).

Click on the link (really, it is worth a look) to read about this new paradigm: http://www.mobilitywod.com/2012/08/people-weve-got-to-stop-icing-we-were-wrong-sooo-wrong.html. Read the post in the link, check out the video and view the comments below the video for an interesting and (ahem) heated dialogue between medical practitioners as well as lay-people regarding this modified approach to working with injuries in a primarily ice-free manner.

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