Posted: October 20, 2007 in marathon, Running Injuries

We are all guilty of trying to seek a magical treatment to our injuries. Whether its an ankle or a knee, we want it to heal fast so that we can get back to doing what we know to do best.

I read about the  “RICE” treatment on cool running. Rice is an acronym of Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation.

If you have a nagging injury the first thing you should do is take a break, let your body rest. One way to get stronger is to take a rest from training.

Its recommended you Ice the trouble spot as soon as possible after you have been injured, and immediately after a run if you are running with an injury.

Icing helpd you to reduce pain and swelling.

Heat should only be applied to an injury after the burning sensation is gone, probably after about 72 hours. I have been guilty before of applying heat immediately after running, now I see I was wrong.

If the formula of rest, ice and heat does not work for you it could mean the injury was more serious than you assumed and you better consider consulting with your physician.

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