The post on Mobility WOD is titled People, We’ve Got to Stop Icing. We Were Wrong, Sooo Wrong. Wait, what? I’ve been an ice advocate, and did a bit of a double take when I saw this. The video’s long, discussing the lymphatic system, inflammation and the healing process, and it makes sense. The suggestion that ice (though not as bad) has a negative impact on the body’s natural healing process similar to NSAIDs (such as ibuprofen) is not new. In college, under the direction of an athletic trainer, I had success using a machine to induce muscle contraction around an injury, like the one mentioned in the post.
At the same time though, I’ve had positive recovery results with icing, contrast showers, and cold tubs. Using these cooling methods obviously makes sense for reducing core temperature, and can act as pain relief, but are they now a no-go for injuries?
In case you can’t tell, I’m torn, but open to the idea that ice isn’t the best answer. I’d really like to know what all of you think. Have you iced regularly and seen positive change? Do you have experience with electrical muscle stimulation? Check out MWOD, and please post your thoughts to comments.
Low Bar Back Squat 3-3-3-3-3
No Rebound Box Jumps (30″/24″), Step down from the box before beginning the next rep. No rebounding.