Ice massage for acute pain
by Bernie Preston
(Hilton, South Africa)
For acute pain, ice is better than heat, or a mixture of the two, first ice, then followed by moist heat.
Take a polystyrene or paper cup, fill with water, freeze and then tear away the rim leaving the ice exposed. Perfect for a painful knee or back, direct ice massage. Perhaps follow with a hot shower.
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My pain relief tip is plain ICE.
For musculo-skeletal pain, plain ice is my most beneficial and effective pain relief tip. And UNlike so many painkillers it has absolutely no side-effects. It won't give you an ulcer, nor will you have a stroke, or go into kidney failure.
What's more, it's more effective than brufin for example.
For an ice-massage, fill a poystyrene cup with water, and put it in the deepfreeze. When frozen, tear a strip from around the lip of the cup so the ice sits proud. Apply alternating ice and heat (say in the shower) to the offending joint or muscle.
A pack of frozen peas works too, of course, but these gel-packs are a lot less messy. Wrap it in a tea-towel so you don't get frostbite.