Tuesday 141028

As many rounds as possible in 20 minutes of:
2 Rope climbs
20 Ab mat sit ups
Run 200 Meters

Post rounds to BTWB.

The blue and yellow Verve shirt has never looked so good!

The blue and yellow Verve shirt has never looked so good!

From time to time we all get little bumps and bruises.  Whether the result of us being clumsy, getting dinged up playing sports, or something that happens in the gym, we all end up with little ailments that may require some attention.  What do we do to these ailments?  Perhaps we take a few over the counter pain reducers or perhaps we put some ice on it.  Is this really the best way to help speed up the recovery process?

According to a few experts icing may not be the best option and could potentially slow down the healing process. Inflammation, a typical reaction to an injury, is not necessarily a bad thing and is actually the natural response to an injury.  Inflammation brings blood flow and lymphatic flow to and from the injured tissues which brings healing nutrients and removes the harmful nutrients.  The inflammatory response is also what makes and injury hurt, which helps us to not re injure by beings sensible and staying off or away from the injured area.  

To reduce swelling, a lot of us have been told to put ice on it, but compression may actually the better solution.  Compression doesn’t affect the lymphatic flow which should speed up the healing process.  

So should we never use ice?  Ice definitely has it’s place in certain circumstances and procedures but as far as the issues that we encounter in the gym, there are better options.  Ultimately it’s going to come down to what you think and feel, but do some research as there are better alternatives than always reaching for a cold pack or a bag to fill with ice.

The above was partially referenced from an article on the blog; Marks Daily Apple.  To read the full article and reference different studies conducted, please click HERE.

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