rcorfman wrote:Just an FYI, RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) is losing favor
It lost favor for me many, many years ago. I agree with most of what the article states...
If I ever use a cold compress, I follow it immediately with heat, then cold again, then heat, cold, hot, cold, etc. which stimulates the healing blood flow.
Also, I stay away from NSAIDS as much as possible, leaning more on biofeedback.
And rest... depending on the type and seriousness of the injury and the likelihood of further injury should have more bearing on whether short-term (hours/days) or long-term (weeks/month) rest (or surgery) is required.
Just like my opinion on shoes/boots... the more 'support' they provide, the less muscle strength is built up long-term. Wearing Teva's long-term did wonders for the strength of my ankles. If I weren't hiking so much in terrain not conducive to feet in-the-open, I would be wearing Teva's every hike. As it is, the way I lace my boots is tight on the foot yet loose on the ankle so it keeps the ankle working.
Although I wake every morning with stiff ankles, knees (and now hips) from arthritis, they always feel better after a hike... the rougher terrain, the better.
At my age, too much rest is a bad thing.