… This time about ice and injuries. An excellent article in Men’s Health summarises the available evidence pretty well. It turns out that stopping the inflammatory process that occurs after injuries through the RICE protocol (rest, ice, compression, elevation) – which is taught pretty much across the board in healthcare – is the perfect way to slow recovery and promote further damage in the injured tissues. A much better approach is to clear out the swelling and debris, whilst getting healing fresh blood into the area is through movement. In Chinese medicine this movement is created in a variety of ways – acupuncture, bodywork, cupping, bleeding, compresses, soaks, liniments, often in conjunction with appropriate movement of the joint or limb (depending on the individual and their presenting injury). So if you are an athlete (or anyone really) with an injury, you might be better relying on a system of medicine with a couple of millennia of clinical results rather than a flawed approach based on anecdote, short-termism and presumption.