People ask us literally every day whether they should be icing their injuries, and we always advise using gentle heat instead. This causes some confusion, because many chiropractors, physical therapists, and medical doctors are still advising patients to follow “RICE” (rest/ice/compress/elevate) guidelines.
We’d love you to read an article called RICE: The End of an Ice Age, by Joshua J. Stone, MA, ATC, NASM-CPT, CES, PES, FNS.
This article, backed up with extensive, credible research, dispels the myth that decreasing circulation to an injured area is helpful. In fact, there is evidence that following RICE delays healing.
The physician that coined the term RICE has changed his position, saying: “Coaches have used my “RICE” guideline for decades, but now it appears that both Ice and complete Rest may delay healing, instead of helping.” – Gabe Mirkin, MD, March 2014