INJURED… HEAT OR ICE
It happened to everybody: you have injured yourself! Studies and experience on applying heat or ice on an acute injury is still under intense research.
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HEAT OR ICE?!
Most literature says different things about applying heat or ice when having an injury.
In my opinion it’s good to apply cold for about 15-20 minutes (put a cold bag, ice cubes, cold wet towel …) on the swollen area in the first phase. The cold produces a contraction of the blood vessels and so less blood is leaving. Don’t put it on the skin directly; put a piece of cloth between the skin and the ice to avoid skin burning.
TIP: If you don’t have a cold bag or ice cubes at home, take a wet towel and put it into your freezer. After 15 minutes it’ll get stiff and you can apply it perfectly.