In my previous post I discussed the RICE vs METH methods for dealing with an injury. One of the key differences between the two approaches is the use of ice or heat. In this post I wanted to look at the most effective ways to use heat. In my next post I will discuss the best ways to use ice, if that is the way you want to go. Heat is heat, but when it comes down to it, some sources a better than others. Continue reading to see the different ways to apply heat.
In 1978, Dr Gabe Mirkin, a former assistant professor at the University of Maryland, first used the acronym RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation) as a way to treat an injury. Since then, RICE has become the standard method of dealing with an injury. However recently more and more people, and in fact Dr Mirkin himself, have started to question whether or not RICE is the best way deal with an injury. “Nobody believes in rest anymore,” Dr Mirkin says. “You can get a hip replacement and you’re on the bike 12 hours after surgery.” As for ice, “there is no data to show that ice does anything more than block pain,” he says. “And there is data that shows it delays healing.” So if RICE is not the best way to treat an injury, what would be a better way? Maybe METH is the answer. Continue reading to see what the acronym stands for.
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