In many cases, temporary pain, even making the injury worse, can be avoided/minimized by the simple application of ice. Ice, applied in a timely manner, can reduce inflammation. Inflammation left unchecked can allow the source of the pain to continue doing damage to muscles, ligaments, tendons, and other structures.
Ice causes the veins in the affected tissue area to constrict. This reduces the flow of blood while acting as kind of anesthetic to numb the pain. But when the ice is removed (and this is key), the veins compensate by expanding, which then allows a large volume of blood to rush to the affected area. The blood brings with it important chemicals that aid in the healing process.
Back and neck injuries frequently involve muscle sprains and strained ligaments, which can spasm and become inflamed.
Ice massage, or cryotherapy, is effectively used to treat many kinds of injuries, including those associated with back or neck pain.
Ice massage can provide a number of benefits, including:
- Assisting the body in minimizing tissue damage
- Mitigating muscle spasms
- Reducing or eliminating pain by numbing sore soft tissues
CAUTION: Ice therapy is not recommended as a form of treatment for any kinds of rheumatoid arthritis, Raynaud's Syndrome (a circulatory disorder of blood vessels of the extremities), colds or allergic conditions, paralysis, or areas of impaired sensation.
TIP: Take a paper cup, and fill it with water. Place in freezer. When frozen, tear off the rolled edge of the cup and you have nice round pice of ice with a paper handle that can be used to massage directly on the skin over the are of pain. You can do this perhaps three times/day, for four-six minutes, or until you feel a burning sensation. Don't convert pain to frostbite! Please remember that this is NOT a rpleacement for competent Chiropractic care. call us at 201-569-1444 ASAP.