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Tuesday, August 28, 2007

The healing power of RICE

A friend of mine recently suffered a knee injury. Let's just say it turned a few too many degrees. She was surprised when nothing showed up on the X-ray. "Something popped. It was so loud." she exclaimed. I don't doubt her. A sound whether snap, crackle, or pop is not necessarily something breaking, these commonly heard sounds are an amplified version of "cracking your knuckles" and most often gas releases (spicy food consumption is not a contributing factor).

Rest - Ice - Compression - Elevation is the best course of action.
Elizabeth Quinn author of Your Guide to Sports Medicine on writes:"After a day or two of R.I.C.E., many sprains, strains or other injuries will begin to heal. But if your pain or swelling does not decrease after 48 hours, make an appointment to see your PCP or go to the ER, depending upon the severity of your symptoms.

Once the healing process has begun, very light
massage may improve the function of forming scar tissue, cut healing time and reduce the possibility of injury recurrence." The muscles can also be affected by strain/sprain injuries. Stretching and contracting during compensation periods can be taxing on the surrounding muscles and tendons. Massage can help the muscles return to working together as they should - moving freely leads to better rest, less pain, and best of all your happiness.

-There are over 600 muscles in your body. Make them happy.-

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