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Sprained ankle? Ice it. Knee pain? Tough workout? You guessed it - another job for ice. Everyone knows that ice is the cure-all for injury and soreness, just like everyone knows lobotomies are the cure all for mental illness. And surely people still practice bloodletting - you know, where a medical professional intentionally cuts you and then attaches a leach to the wound to drain some blood.
Great cure for just about any condition, from asthma to comas. And according to Gary Reinl, ice packs are next.
In Iced! The Illusionary Treatment Option , Gary introduces himself to the readers by chronicling his experiences, but more importantly by revealing the facts and science behind his message that icing is wrong.
So who is Gary Reinl? I suppose if you were looking for a label, you could call him a trainer. However, Gary has clocked over forty years of working in the sports medicine industry with a diverse and impressive resume that includes training, research, consulting, and more. If you are amongst the many loyal followers of Dr.
Kelly Starrett and his insanely popular site, Mobility WOD , then perhaps you are familiar with Gary, as his message has already reached many people through a collaborative video blog post with Dr. Starrett in Once upon a time, the application of ice was simply non-existent. While this kind of event would hardly make news now, the successful repair was cutting edge at the time.
Following the reports that ice miraculously saved this arm, Gary notes that the indication for icing changed from severed tissue to damaged tissue, without any factual support or evidence. Just as someone had to be the first to suggest sewing an arm back on, someone had to be the first to suggest using ice to treat an injury. As a result, someone also had to be the first to question the value of ice.
Personally, as a physical therapist, I know firsthand how many people professional or not use ice as treatment. Like Gary explains, I also know that most people use ice without doing their due diligence. Some of the important information shared in Iced! This makes sense unless you know the whole story.
Throughout Iced! In fact, without inflammation, healing cannot occur. Gary Reinl not only asks his audience to question the common knowledge that icing helps treat injuries, but he also nullifies subsequent arguments by educating his readers.
But having been both a student and an educator, I know that information needs to be repeated in order for the learner to digest the facts. Another potential double-edged sword is the format Gary uses to share his message. In order to capture an audience, his text uses a narrative style to present his case against ice.
To best present the facts, a more academic textbook approach could be better. However, there are plenty of texts that discuss the physiology of icing and inflammation. Thanks to Iced! Gary Reinl does an exceptional job of providing a comprehensive presentation of the effects of ice, why people started using ice to treat injuries, inconclusive research on the benefits of ice, and evidence in current literature that ice can potentially delay healing - the very process this modality is supposed to help.
Personally, I confess: I have used ice, but not for several years now. I am grateful to Gary Reinl for standing behind his message for decades and ultimately writing Iced! I encourage professionals, particularly those in the field of sports medicine, to read Iced! I would not be in the least bit surprised if this book turns up as required reading at institutions of higher learning. Perhaps the marketing team behind those great Ragu commercials might even pick up this story and wonder - what other questionable choices have I made?
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Stop Using Ice – Gary Reinl – 576
Podcast: Play in new window Download. It actually slows the healing down by creating congestion at the damage site. Similar to a lane closure on a freeway due to an accident. There is no Google or Waze app for the human body. It really tries to repair rather than destroy itself. Let it run its course.
Book Review: "Iced" by Gary Reinl
Man, icing an injury sure has taken some heat see what I did there… lately on the internet. There is a HUGE anti-ice movement. I get questions all the time about wether or not icing is good or bad for you, with many people quick to jump to the conclusion that we should not be icing. But the bottom line is that there are several benefits to ice, and ice has not been proven to impede the healing process as many claim. About 30 years ago as a student athletic trainer at LSU, we frequently used ice, following the research of Dr. Ken Knight, who literally wrote the book on cryotherapy.
1: Gary Reinl – Stop Icing Your Injuries