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Category Archives: Cold Therapy

5 NATURAL Ways to Relieve Muscle Soreness

A personal trainer and journalist for Florida International University, Nihat Strider, offers 5 Tips to Relieve Muscle Soreness. Keep Moving: Light physical movements increase blood flow to the affected areas - helping to relieve pain. For whole body soreness, try light stretching or a yoga class. Hot/Cold: Alternating hot/cold therapy packs or hot/cold water in…
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NYT Science Asks: Should You Treat Muscle Pain With Ice or Heat?

The New York Times recently (Nov 7, 2015) tackled the question of whether to use Ice or Heat for sore muscles. Acute Injury Cold therapy, or cryotherapy, is usually recommended immediately after an acute injury, like a severe bruise or sprain. The familiar RICE protocol (Rest - Ice - Compression - Elevation) helps reduce the pain and inflammation these injuries. However, cold…
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Hot vs Cold Therapy – 4 Tips to Help You Decide

Heat Therapy vs Cold Therapy – 4 Tips to Help You Decide Confused about when to use heat therapy and when to use cold therapy? You are not alone. The hot vs cold therapy debate can seem complicated. Understanding the benefits of each is key to relieving pain and speeding recovery. Use Cold Therapy immediately after…
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What Is RICE Therapy?

REST – ICE (cold) – COMPRESSION – ELEVATION This 4-letter acryonym is an easy way to remember the most important steps in treating an acute injury like a sprain, strain, muscle pull, or tear. Acting quickly and applying cold therapy within the first 24-48 hours can prevent complications and help to reduce overall swelling and inflammation. Most…
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