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Leg injuries? – Before you apply ice, get informed!
[/fusion_title][fusion_text] “Put some ice and don’t press it at all.” That’s a familiar advice, right? Even if you are not quite the athletic type, you must have heard it at some point in your childhood! In the end, how good is ice and rest after all? Our English-speaking friends call it “RICE”. It is essentially the acronym for Rest,Ice, Compression and Elevation. As easy as it may be to remember, a recent study proves that ultimately, it is not an effective practice for treating minor injuries! So let’s take a closer look! The study that subverts the data Keeping our joints at rest – commonly, when we don’t move our injured limbs – can do us more harm than good, according to some studies. More specifically, a 2017 survey examined the recovery of 50 amateur athletes. In the study, half of the participants were told to start moving again two days after the injury, while the other 25 were asked to wait nine days. A year later, athletes who started the active recovery process earlier had a shorter recovery period than those who were asked not to move.The researchers concluded that light movement and the use of load on the injured area is really useful for recovery. Psychologically speaking.. Domenic Scialoia, a researcher who published the results of his research in The Sport Journal, mentions the psychological dimension of this issue. According to him, “not making any move can be psychologically harmful if you are an athlete (professional or not), as abstaining from activity may mean that you will never return to it.” He concluded that returning ASAP (if there is no physical pain of course) is the best possible solution. What’s the right way to recovery? Sleep – My everything! Indeed, Scialoia prioritizes quality sleep over rest itself. Commonly, placing your foot on a pillow and watching Netflix will not help you in the end! Ice?Think twice! Yes, ice relieves the pain. But while it does you a favor, it also suppresses your immune responses, which slows down healing. Dr Cayce Onks, a sports and family doctor, suggests a warming blanket, noting that “heat usually increases blood flow to the area, which provides nutrients to the tissues needed for healing.” Wraping the injured part.. Few are the studies that show that wraping your arm or leg helps as a practice on its own. On the contrary, Scialoia states that according to scientific evidence, wraping an injured part or limb at the time of an activity can actually help in faster recovery. The problem with “lifting” Holding up an injured leg or arm is a classic methodin order to avoid swelling. However, edema is a recovery process performed by the body itself. Reasonably, it has its reasons to do so and we must not stop it. According to Scialoia again, there is not enough scientific evidence to suggest that limb lifting is a practice that helps in wound healing, unless it is recommended by a doctor. Instead, scientists suggest a mild form of exercise (yoga, walking, etc.) so that the person doesn’t develop sedentary lifestyle habits! Ioanna Douri Translated by Katerina Kontolati [/fusion_text][/fusion_builder_column][/fusion_builder_row][/fusion_builder_container]