In 1978, Dr. Gabe Mirkin, introduced the concept of RICE – rest, ice, compression, elevation – for the treatment of athletic injuries.
In 2014, Dr. Mirkin went on record debunking his own work pertaining to the ice portion of the RICE acronym for acute musculoskeletal injury management. Not only did the use of cryo-therapy not aid in the healing process, it actually delayed the healing process altogether. Dr. Mirkin also shed some light on his recommendation for complete rest after sustaining an injury. “With minor injuries, you can usually begin rehabilitation the next day,” said Mirkin.
Compression and elevation of acutely injured areas are still highly effective and should be prioritized after sustaining a low to moderate-level injury. And compression with movement (within a pain-free R.O.M) is highly effective. Voodoo Floss is a great way to compress and then move.
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