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Old 09-29-11, 01:19 PM   #1
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Ice vs Heat vs Compression vs Balms?

For reasons not worth getting into, I can't take NSAIDs. As a result, I have to rely on other methods to tamp down muscle problems.

One thing I have yet to figure out is when to use ice, heat, compression or balms (e.g. Tiger Balm). Any suggestions?
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From what I've heard, RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) is good for the first 24-48 hours for injuries, until swelling and/or bleeding has stopped. After that you can use heat.

Cold water ice baths can be used after a strenuous workout to keep muscles from getting sore. I've found this works pretty well. I've done a couple of marathons where I went back to the hotel afterward and stood in the unheated pool and it really helped prevent the usual soreness in my legs.
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Take a look at the ingredients in Zyflamend, an herbal anti-inflammatory. It may not cause the same problems that NSAID's do.
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Ice. Ice until it stops working (which is probably NEVER)

Heat can make any internal bleeding - however slight - worse.

Some injuries heat doesn't work well on at all. Pulled leg muscles, for example - they never really stop getting reinjuried slightly unless you're on complete bed rest. Put heat on those and you'll just exacerbate the swelling and internal bleeding.

The point of ice (and heat) is to stimulate blood flow to the area. I dunno how ice can do that and not make bleeding worse, but it does.

IMO balms are close to worthless - they might make you feel better, but they don't really promote healing.
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