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One of the simplest, safest and most effective self-care techniques for injuries or painful musculoskeletal conditions is ice. It is used initially for First Aid and at later stages for the rehabilitation of injuries or chronic problems.
Effects of Ice
Ice initially constricts local blood vessels and decreases tissue temperature. It then dilates deep tissue vessels and increases tissue temperature. These two responses alternate and are called the Hurting Response. The effect of this response is to:
Since the damage caused by uncontrolled swelling is often as great as or greater than that of the initial injury, and because healing time increases in direct proportion to the amount of swelling, it is very important to use ice immediately.
Rice for First Aid
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