“Ice, Ice, Baby!” (-Vanilla Ice) If you suffer from an acute injury such as shin splints, ankle sprains or low back muscle strains, etc.. do the right, I mean, RICE thing. Rest – Ice – Compression – Elevation is the key to helping reduce the lifespan of a recent injury. 15 – 20 minutes at a time is a good rule of thumb. There are also 4 progressing sensations during ice therapy: First, you will feel a ‘burning‘ sensation. Next, you will feel an ‘aching‘ sensation. Then, you will feel a ‘tingling‘ sensation. Finally, you will experience a ‘numbing‘ sensation. Wait about an hour or so between each icing session, and keep track of how long the ice bag is on your skin. If left on too long, an ice burn will develop, and those can take a while to go away.
Patty Soud, owner of Fitness By Patty offers personal training, nutritional consulting, corporate wellness and range of motion (ROM) stretch therapy. Patty emphasizes fun, functional exercises that enhance your day-to-day life and boost your confidence, energy and vitality.
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