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R.I.C.E. VS Mobility

The RICE (Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation) method is a commonly used approach for treating acute injuries such as sprains and strains.

While the RICE method can help reduce pain and swelling, it does not address the underlying cause of the injury or promote long-term healing. In contrast, mobility exercises can help improve circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote healing by strengthening muscles and restoring normal joint function. Here are some reasons why mobility exercises may be a better option than the RICE method for injury recovery:

  1. Improved Blood Flow: Mobility exercises can help improve blood flow to the affected area, which can promote healing by delivering oxygen and nutrients to the injured tissue. This can help reduce inflammation and speed up the recovery process.
  2. Reduced Stiffness: Resting an injury can lead to stiffness in the affected joint or muscle. Mobility exercises can help reduce stiffness by promoting range of motion and maintaining flexibility in the affected area.
  3. Preventing Scar Tissue Formation: Resting an injury can also increase the risk of scar tissue formation, which can limit mobility and lead to chronic pain. Mobility exercises can help prevent scar tissue formation by promoting normal tissue alignment and preventing muscle imbalances.
  4. Strengthening Muscles: Mobility exercises can help strengthen the muscles in the affected area, which can help prevent future injury and improve overall joint stability.
  5. Faster Recovery: By promoting healing and reducing pain and stiffness, mobility exercises can help speed up the recovery process and allow you to return to normal activities sooner.

Overall, while the RICE method can be helpful for reducing pain and swelling in the short term, it is not a long-term solution for promoting healing and preventing future injury. Incorporating mobility exercises into your recovery plan with the help of our specialized team can help address the underlying cause of your injury, promote healing, and improve overall joint function and stability.

Blog courtesy of:

Jessie Hernandez

Launch Physical Therapy & Sports Performance Center