Ice is amazing. Think about it: we mainly use ice for keeping drinks or food cold, but it is especially amazing because it contributes to wellness in surprising ways.
At GLM, we offer a session enhancement called Ice Treatment.
Hearing the word “Ice Treatment” may make this sound uncomfortable, but don’t be put off by it. This enhancement to your regular massage session actually brings a soothing and healing sensation to painful or inflamed areas that are bothering you.
Did you know Ice is the most effective and safest techniques to use in treating soft tissue injuries and muscle soreness? It helps decrease pain, muscle spasms, inflammation, and uncontrolled swelling.
Ice constricts blood flow and slows down circulation in an inflamed area, which is the reason we feel a decrease in pain and swelling. The application of ice has the potential to reduce recovery time significantly for soft tissue injuries.
How Is It Applied?
We use a great little tool to apply the ice directly which is called a cryo cup. Cryo cups are simple and easy-to-use ice massagers that have a contoured polymer base which acts as a handle for the therapist, so it’s easier to apply directly to the injured area.
During an ice treatment, your comfort is a key necessity, so we want to make sure that you are ready before we apply the ice to the targeted area that you want to be treated. Once you’re comfortable, your practitioner will apply the cryo cup to the area and rotate gently in circular motions, healing and soothing the area. We keep the ice moving over your skin to work the cold into the tissue, but also to prevent you from feeling a burning sensation form the ice. This process goes on for about 10 minutes, which should reduce some of the pain and inflammation.
Why not just use an ice pack?
Raw ice is far more effective than when it’s wrapped in a plastic bag or a towel. When your soft tissues are inflamed, they tend to conduct more heat. But once the ice is applied, it constricts the blood flow to that area. When you use ice at home, be sure to wrap it up or at least keep it moving while applying it to prevent discomfort.
Who should get ice treatment?
Ice treatment is beneficial for anyone who is suffering from an injury that is causing pain or inflammation to a joint or muscle. It’s also a pretty good way to cool down on a hot day.
Ice is such an underdog and is often overlooked, but when it’s used, it’s almost always effective. Ice has the potential to be your best friend when you are suffering from an injury, but you have to make sure you utilize it the correct way.
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None of this information should be construed as medical advice or care. The employees of The Good Life Massage, including the writers of this blog, are not medical doctors. Consult with your physician before making any changes to improve your health.
Byron Benson is a marketing intern for The Good Life Massage from Eastern Oregon University.