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Massage Therapy – Self Care Injury Management!

I think that’s what blogs should have been called.  So much information is available to us online these days.  Of course we all know this but I realized how endless it is when I went online to do a little research for this blog – Injury Management – Heat vs. Cold.  I know when to use hot vs. cold but thought I could use a little online assistance pulling my ideas together.

Well I got more than a little assistance!!!  There was endless information – I assume it was endless because I browsed for a few hours and never did come to the end of what was available out there to read on the subject.  So I have decided not to write another document on the subject.

Yeah I know I told you in my last blog that I would write about hot vs. cold but really – the world does not need another article on heat vs. ice treatment.  I’m a big believer in recycle/reuse so I’ve chosen a couple of links that provide this information in a very simple straightforward way (listed below).

First and foremost the Internet, including my site, is not a substitue for getting advice from your doctor so the standard disclaimer applies – check with your doctor prior to treatment and follow their recommendations and of course consider massage therapy.


Very basic simple rule-of-thumb is:

  • New or acute injury (upto 48 hours) = Ice
  • Old or chronic injury = Heat

Ice or Heat?

When To Use If you have any muscle strains or other chronic injuries, it’s recommended to use heat prior to doing any activities that may affect that area.
How To Do ItCrushed ice in a plastic bag or frozen vegetables covered with a moistened towel can be used and applied to the affected area.You can use either a hot wet towel or a heating pad and apply them to the affected area.
For How Long Same with ice – 20 minutes maximum every time.


Further information can be found on the Internet with a Google search of Injury Hot or Cold Treatment – here are a couple of excellent sites that explain it reliablely and simply:


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