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Chill With The Ice!

We all know someone who is stubbornly stuck in the past and can’t seem to get up-to-speed with modern advancements in style, science, or technology. It may be a crazy aunt who still feathers her bangs even though the 80’s are long gone. Or maybe it’s a parent who stubbornly refuses to take advantage of technological advancements and still uses dial-up to connect to the internet. It might even be a coach who insists that ice is a cure-all for every sports-related injury imaginable. Sprained ankle? Ice it. Sore rotator cuff? Take an ice bath. Broken toe? Ice that too. Splinter? Ice it, ice it, ice it!

Although ice has been used for many years by athletes in an effort to treat sports-related injuries, most people would be quite surprised to find out that there are more advanced treatment methods available that are proven to  be more effective at reducing muscle soreness and inflammation. So is it time for ice to pack its bags and move back to the Stone Age? Continue reading and we’ll let you decide.

The Battle Between Familiarity And Modern Technology

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Device VS Cold Water

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What if someone gave you a choice between a 100-dollar bill and a 20-dollar bill? Would you choose the 20-dollar bill simply because you are more familiar with it and have had more experience with it? Trust me, if any of your friends witnessed you choosing 20 dollars over 100 dollars, they would smack you and then disown you for being so idiotic. While this scenario is highly unlikely, it is basically the same thing as choosing ice over more effective treatment options like an intermittent pneumatic compression device, or (IPC), simply because you are more familiar with ice and have had positive experiences with it in the past. When it comes to choosing the best option for your various sports-related injuries and rehabilitation needs, it is silly to get stuck in the “ice age” when you have more technologically advanced treatment options at your fingertips.

Don’t Get Frozen In The Stone Age

People still use ice because doctors and coaches say it is a good treatment for muscle soreness and inflammation, and because it has a long history of use. Point well taken, but doctors also used to say that consuming tapeworms was a great way for housewives to shed a few extra pounds, never mind the somewhat unpleasant side effects. The bottom line is that constant advancements in medical technology are being made, and it is rather foolish to stick to the archaic way of doing things instead of taking advantage of technological improvements.

Intermittent Pneumatic Compression Melts The Competition

Scientific studies not only prove that intermittent pneumatic compression devices are highly effective at treating muscle swelling and soreness, but they also show that ice is not an effective treatment for these conditions. In fact, when the effects of ice baths and cold water immersion on muscle soreness and recovery were studied, the results were either inconclusive or contradictory. This likely throws a wrench in everything that you have been taught about the healing properties of ice, so we understand if you need a moment to take a deep breath and re-evaluate the meaning of life. When you have collected your senses again, continue reading to find out more about how intermittent pneumatic compression devices blow ice right out of the water, so to speak.

Delayed Onset Musle Soreness

No matter what type of sport you participate in, you have probably experienced the uncomfortable effects of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS). Most people insist on treating DOMS with stretches, massages, and… you guessed it, ice. However, there is very little scientific evidence to support the use of these treatments for DOMS. However, using intermittent pneumatic compression treatment for just 20 minutes immediately after injury, and continuing to use it on a daily basis for five days has been proven to reduce swelling and stiffness.

After all of the evidence that discounts ice and supports intermittent pneumatic compression for the treatment of muscle-related sports injuries, we think you will agree that it is time for people to chill with the ice already!