Convention Wisdom Aside, Ice on an Injury May Prevent Healing

October 28th, 2010 - 2:39 am ICT by Angela Kaye Mason  

Oct 27 (THAINDIAN NEWS) According to scientists, the age-old “conventional wisdom” method of icing an injury to prevent swelling may have been wrong, and actually prevented, instead of promoted healing.

Yes, Grandma may have actually gotten it wrong every-time she ran to the freezer for a bag of frozen peas to heal every ache and sprain. That is because new research suggests that a hormone which is produced by inflamed tissue can help damaged muscle to heal.

The ‘Daily Mail’ reports that “This discovery turns the conventional wisdom that swelling must be controlled to encourage healing. It also paves the way for new methods of treating sports injuries.”

This research could potentially bring about new forms of therapy for bad muscle sprains and injuries which were caused by infections, frostbite, trauma, and chemicals, the journal Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology reports.

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