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Ice on soft tissue injury may not be beneficial

Ice on soft tissue injury may not be beneficial
14 September 2011
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Resent research suggests that putting an ice pack on a sprain or strain may not be beneficial, and could actually slow down the body’s healing process. For years now, our first reaction to a sprain or strain has been to reach for ice, or more often a bag of frozen peas. The acronym ‘RICE’ (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is the standard way of remembering what to do after such an injury. However, a study carried out at the Neuroinflammation Research Centre at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio, USA, looked at the effect of ice on the body’s ability to repair. It found that...