Ice Wraps

Written by Sierra Rein
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The first step towards healing an injured part of the body is to ascertain whether or not it should be put on ice. Broken bones, torn ligaments and ruptured tendons should be put immediately on ice, as these areas can become inflamed and swollen with blood over time. However, torn muscles do better once stretching, rest, massage and heat are applied and can actually become stiff and painful if cold is placed upon them instead.

Placing a bag of ice upon the injured area and wrapping it tightly with either tape or a bandage can make a crude ice wrap. Be sure to put a towel or piece of fabric on the skin before the ice is put on; otherwise, the cold may burn the skin over time and cause even more pain. The joint or area should be held motionless and rested with ice applied for 15 to 20 minutes at a time every two hours.

If ice is unavailable, one can get creative and find or purchase bags of frozen peas or corn. Even running cold water on the area can reduce a bit of the pain and inflammation. The trick is to keep a source of cold on the injured part until a professional can place a manufactured cold pack or cold therapy wrap upon it.

Manufactured Pre-Made Ice Wraps

Many athletes, dancers and sports enthusiasts prepare themselves for the eventual occurrence of an injury by arming themselves with a professionally created ice wrap made of neoprene. These can be placed in a freezer overnight and kept in a cooler at the sidelines of a game, meet, show, or rehearsal, and brought out at the first sign of pain or structural damage. They can slip on and attach themselves to the part of the injured body in question instantly with no danger of water leakage or condensation.


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