Saturday, May 28, 2011

How To 'Ice,' Yourself

If you have not a strained/pulled muscle, one of the first things you are probably going to do, is to put an ice pack on it. But did you know that there is a particular way to ice yourself?

Well ...... there is!

You see, if you put the ice pack on yourself for say, 20 minutes straight, then take it off, it will actually probably do more damage to yourself than if you just left it be.
Why?
Because if your leg, let's say, has a strained muscle and is at room temperature, then you go and wack a freezing cold ice pack on it, you leg isn't going to appreciate that sudden change in temperature.

However, if you put the ice pack on for 5 minutes, then take it off for five minutes, then put it one for four minutes, then take it off for four minutes, until you are down to one minute, it would be a much better idea.

Just recently, I really hurt the tendons in my foot. My teacher said that I should ice my foot just like I told you in the paragraph above.
It actually really works, and is way better than just putting ice on it for 20 minutes straight.

Below are instructions on how to properly ice yourself, so you can print them out and keep them out and keep them stuck to your fridge or somewhere like that, so that when you need to ice yourself, you can easily glance at the instructions and know exactly how to do it.


INSTRUCTIONS:

1) Get an ice pack out of your fridge (not freezer. A frozen ice pack won't work as well as just a cold one.

2) Apply the 'ice,' pack to the injured part of your body for 5 minutes.

3) After five minutes, take the ice pack off for another 5 minutes.

4) Apply the ice pack for 4 minutes.

5) Take the ice pack off for 4 minutes.

6) Yep, you guessed it, put the ice pack back on your sore muscle for 3 minutes.

7) Remove the ice pack for another 3 minutes.

8) Re-apply the ice pack for 2 minutes.

9) Keep ice pack off for 2 minutes.

10) For the last time, put the ice pack on your sore muscle for 1 minute.

11) Now you can remove the ice pack for good. Rest your foot for another 7 -8 minutes. Do this at least twice a day for 7 days, or until your muscle is healed.


Thanks everyone for following. You are all awesome!

20 comments:

Lauren said...

How do you get that many followers? I so envy you!

Lauren said...

By the way Doc(he he) it sounds sooo professinoal :D

Lauren said...

Oh and I Luvve your new backround, the best one yet! Is is from cutest blog on the block? I couldn't find it when I looked.

Juliette said...

Hi Izi! This post is so helpful! I just hurt my ankle doing grande jetes and will definitely try your method! Oh and i have a post suggestion for you: what to bring to recitals,what you bring, how to prepare, etc. Thanks so much! Have a great weekend!

Julie said...

Hey Izi!! AWESOME post!! I never knew this... now i do lol! I agree with Juliette, my recital is next saturday and a post on what to bring etc. would be amazin! Thanks again!

Izi said...

Hi Lauren,

WOW - a lot of comments, but I understand that. I think that I went a bit silly with commenting on YOUR blogspot the other day!

Ummm, yeah - I have no idea how I got that many followers. You know what, just the other day I had 26, but now I have only 25 - W.E.I.R.D

huh - doc ?????

Yes, I got my new background from our favourite site. I just typed in 'pink,' at scrolled down a bit.

Have an awesome day. Off to catch the bus - for the first time in our new city!

Izi :)

Izi said...

Hi Juliette,

Thanks for the compliment. U R awesome! Ouch, I hate having sore ancles. Yeah, try out that icing method and tell me if it works. At the moment the tendons at the top of my right foot are really sore, but since icing it they appear to be getting better.

Sounds like a great idea about the post, I will look into that!

Izi :)

Izi said...

Hi Julie,

Seems like I will HAVE to do a post on what to bring to recitals. lol - it's a great idea.

Best of luck with your recital next Saturday. Off to school now.

Izi :)

Lauren said...

Oh yeah, I called you doc, since I know that is what you want to be when you are older. I think I was being a bit silly.

Izi said...

ha ha ha, that's ok. You know what, I still REALLY want to be a doctor, but I think that I would maybe prefer to do something with music. I just love it SOOOOOOO much. Maybe a doctor of music!

Izi :)

Lauren said...

Huh?!

Jordan said...

Good advice :) might try it :)
xx

Izi said...

Hi Lauren,

Yeah, that's how to properly ice yourself. I know, it sort of sounds weird, but it's true. If you are unsure about anything in this post, don't hesitate to ask.

Izi :)

Izi said...

Hi Jordan,

So nice to hear from you. I really like your new blog by the way, you are an excellant writer.

Yeah, I must say ..... it works. It's far better that just wacking an ice pack on your sore muscle for half an hour or so.

Chat Soooooon!

Izi :)

Lauren said...

oh no, I understod the post, but I didn't get the comment you sent about being a music docter. Anyway, I can see how you are confused (:

{Far From Perfect} said...

love this! I've had a lot of injuries and I had a major arm shoulder injury so the whole ice and heat thing.. yep :(

love ya girl!

Izi said...

Hi Lauren,

Yeah, I can see how you could be confused, too. You know, you actually can get a 'doctor of music.' That's when you go to uni and study music soooo much (I think it's something like a 8 year degree.) then you become a 'doctor,' or music.

You know, you don't just get a doctor of medicine, you can get doctors of lots of things, law, music ect .....

Ok, chat soon.

Izi :)

Izi said...

Hi 'Far From Perfect,'

ha ha ha, you're awesome. And yes, it's makes a heap of difference, hey.

Have a great day.

Izi :)

Juliette said...

Hi Izi! Awww u r awesome too!! I tried your method and it totally worked! Thank you soooo much! I'm off to rehearsal ( My show is THIS saturday! Aaahhhh!) Have a fabulous day/night :)

Izi said...

Hi Juliette,

Ooh my gosh, Sorry, I though that your show was NEXT saturday. I'll sure try to post about what to take to a rehersal either tonight or early tomorrow (I don't have time now, :/ Sorry)

I'm so glad that the icing method worked for you. It feels great when I give advice and, despite the fact that it works for me, it works for somebody else, too.

I'll be posting about the rehersal stuff ASAP!

Izi :)