What does it do?
Cold therapy slows down the blood flow to an injury, which reduces swelling, inflammation and pain.
When to use it?
Ice should be used right after an injury or after activity that aggravates a chronic condition. Ice is good for migraine headaches, bumps, sprains and strains that may occur with sports, slips & falls or lifting. Cold therapy is also beneficial for minor burns by applying cold water from the faucet. When in doubt use ice.
Treat for no longer than 20 minutes at a time.
During treatment, check skin every 5 minutes to make sure there is no damage, such as a freeze burn (skin would become reddened or blistered, just as when burned with heat).
Do not place ice or packs directly on the skin, use thin towel.
Wait 1 hour between cold treatments.