Stretching, Showering, Icing. 'Correct' sequence?

Stretching, Showering, Icing. 'Correct' sequence?

Post by Dana Stockl » Sat, 21 Oct 1995 04:00:00


I am currently treating an achilles problem with ice. It seems
to be gradually helping, but I wonder if I am getting the full
effect. After a training run, I stretch and take a shower before
icing my achilles. Would another sequence be better? Anyone
have any recommendations?

TIA
Dana

 
 
 

Stretching, Showering, Icing. 'Correct' sequence?

Post by kar.. » Sun, 22 Oct 1995 04:00:00

It really depends on what kind of injury it is.  If you have inflamation then
ice is the most important and I would do that, especially before a warm shower.
If your injury is old and isn't inflamed the heat therapy would be best.  If
your pain is still there and isn't getting better, or is getting worse, you
probably should take some time off.  If it is a new injury the best remedy is
still R.I.C.E. rest, ice, compression, elevation.  I would also see a
professional, you don't want to play around with the achillis.

Stella M. Pilostomos

 
 
 

Stretching, Showering, Icing. 'Correct' sequence?

Post by Nimbus Couz » Wed, 25 Oct 1995 04:00:00


Quote:

>It really depends on what kind of injury it is.  If you have inflamation then
>ice is the most important and I would do that, especially before a warm shower.
>If your injury is old and isn't inflamed the heat therapy would be best.  If
>your pain is still there and isn't getting better, or is getting worse, you
>probably should take some time off.  If it is a new injury the best remedy is
>still R.I.C.E. rest, ice, compression, elevation.  I would also see a
>professional, you don't want to play around with the achillis.

>Stella M. Pilostomos

I've used the order :

1. run
2. stretch
3. ice

a shower follows, but I don't consider it part of the injury
treatment. I would ice right away, but I feel stretching is
quite important also and couldn't be done after icing.
I've used the above to treat various bouts of tendonitis,
none overly severe, but bad enough to make me worry and
cut down on my miles.. I also use Ibuprofen when things are
bad but (a la recent thread) I try to keep that to minimum
intake.. Late in marathon training is when I hit the ibu...

nimbus
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