What is Ice Massage?
Article By: Stephen H. Hochschuler, MD from spine-health.com
In a world of sophisticated medical care, simple ice massage is one of the more effective, proven methods to treat a sore lower back or neck. It is effective when used either alone or in combination with other treatments. And one effective form of recovery.
For patients experiencing back pain, ice massage therapy is quick, free, easy to do. And it can provide significant relief for many types of back pain and is especially effective for a sore back caused by a lower back muscle strain.
Ice massages Therapy can help provide relief for back pain in a number of ways:
- Ice application slows the inflammation and swelling that occurs after injury. Most back pain is accompanied by some type of inflammation, and addressing the inflammation helps reduce the pain
Ice numbs sore tissues (providing pain relief similar to a local anesthetic)
- Ice application slows the nerve impulses in the area, which interrupts the pain-spasm reaction between the nerves
Icing decreases tissue damage
- The massage adds the beneficial effects of gentle manipulation of the soft tissues
Ice massage therapy is most effective if it is applied as soon as possible after the injury occurs, usually within 24 to 48 hours.
- The cold makes the veins in the tissues contract, reducing circulation. Removing the cold the veins are overcompensating dilating blood rushing into the area.
- The infusion of blood in the area brings with it the necessary nutrients to help the injured back muscles, ligaments, and tendons to heal.
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