Ice massage is widely used for such injuries as contusions, sprains, strains, bruises fractures and inflammation. It is different than simply placing an ice pack over the affected area. Ice massage uses pressure when applying the ice utilizing massage to manipulate the muscle or tissue.
There are many benefits to using ice massage:
- Decreases inflammation and swelling
- Helps numb sore tissues
- Relieves pain
- Decreases damage to tissue
There are a few ways to ice massage. One way is to freeze water in a paper cup and tear the edge to expose the ice. Another way is to use an ice cup such as the CryoCup. I personally find it very easy to use. Since it is reusable it prevents excess waste and cost.
Remember that ice can be damaging so always keep it moving and stop using after no more than 10 minutes. The skin should feel numb and be pink when you stop. Ice massage can be used a few times a day to provide relief from pain and swelling.