If YOU are an ATHLETE watch this video! Studies show Icing may actually prohibit the healing processimage

Kelly Starret and Mobility WOD bring up a great debate about icing and the natural healing process of our bodies. Icing is an age old remedy for swelling that has been used for centuries, but icing actually stops the healing process. Swelling is the bodies natural way of dealing with an injury, but when you apply ice it numbs the area which in turn actually stops the bodies natural process of repair. Let me quote Dr. Nick DiNubile, Editor in Chief of The Physician And Sports Medicine Journal (physsportsmed.com) “Seriously, do you honestly believe that your body’s natural inflammatory response is a mistake?”

“When ice is applied to a body part for a prolonged period, nearby lymphatic vessels begin to dramatically increase their permeability (lymphatic vessels are ‘dead-end’ tubes which ordinarily help carry excess tissue fluids back into the cardiovascular system). As lymphatic permeability is enhanced, large amounts of fluid begin to pour from the lymphatics ‘in the wrong direction’ (into the injured area), increasing the amount of local swelling and pressure and potentially contributing to greater pain.” The use of Cryotherapy in Sports Injuries,’ Sports Medicine, Vol. 3. pp. 398-414, 1986