ICE MASSAGEposted August 21
Returning to the world of pain relief and physical therapy, today we introduce you to the ice cup massage. We all know ice is a great way to relieve pain and swelling. The most common use of ice is immediately following an acute injury or aggravation of an existing injury, but did you know you can use ice to massage as well? Ice cup massage is a great way to reduce swelling and speed up recovery time for muscle strains, sprains, inflamation, and tendinitis. Ice slows the inflammation and swelling that occurs after injury, and can help numb sore tissue, thereby reducing pain associated with injury. If used to treat tendinitis, ice cup massage is a great way to loosen up all the sticky, inflamed tissue and reduce swelling and pain in the process. Used in conjunction with low heat imediately following the ice cup massage, recovery time and pain can be greatly reduced.
Now at CFHW we have frozen cups in the freezer to help you with any injuries you may be suffering from. Ask one of your awesome trainers how to use it and we’ll be happy to show you. To make one at home, all you need is a paper cup. Just freeze a cupful of water, and tear off part of the cup exposing the ice. Hold on to the remaining paper and massage the ice on the affected area. You can also purchase plastic ice cups if you’d prefer that. Here are some resources.
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