The Use of Ice in Physiotherapy:
Ice is one of the simplest, safest, and most effective self care techniques for injury, pain, or discomfort in muscles and joints. However, ice is probably the most over utilized form of treatment. Ice will decrease muscle spasms, pain, and inflammation to bone and soft tissue. You can use ice initially at the site of discomfort, pain, or injury. You should not apply ice in later stages for rehabilitation of injuries or chronic problems. During an initial injury, tissue damage occurs due to uncontrolled swelling. This swelling can increase the damage of the initial injury and delay the healing time. At CHANDLER CHIROPRACTIC & SPORTS THERAPY we use ice to decrease swelling, tissue damage, blood clot formation, inflammation, muscle spasms, and pain. As stated before, ice is an often over utilized form of treatment, and Dr. Rae can properly instruct you on the proper usage of ice.