How To Apply Ice

Based on the current research, ice on an injured body part may not provide any therapeutic benefit except temporary pain alleviation. Application of an ice bag over a painful body region does lessen the pain. It temporarily slows down the swelling process, but it also might interfere with the healing physiology. In some cases, prolonged ice or “cryotherapy” may impair the healing process altogether or lead to scar tissue formation. While more research is needed on this topic, my recommendation is to use ice judiciously early on after an acute injury when there is a lot of pain and swelling, and to consider not using ice at all for chronic pain conditions when there might be better self-help avenues, e.g. heat application, analgesic lotion massage or use of kinesiologic tape.
If you are going to use ice as a way to kill pain when apply it as follows:

* Use a plastic bag with ice cubes in it and apply directly to the
skin for about thirty (30) minutes.
* Never use chemical packs or bags of peas.
* Place ice bag on skin with no towel layer, and resist the urge to
take the bag off: it takes several minutes to feel numb.
* To temporarily quell pain, rub and massage skin with an ice bag for
only a minute or two. You'll hate it, but it will feel better in the end.
* Repeat ice sessions every two hours, or only a few times in a day if
necessary.