Chill Out! How to use Icepacks for pain relief and better health.


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Dr. Van Whaley explains the proper use of Therapeutic Icepacks to help you feel better, have less inflammation, and less nerve irritation.

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Chill Out! How to use Icepacks for pain relief and better health.

  1. 1. What is $8.00 Dr. Van Whaley, DC, BA, CCEP, CFT, SFOA (Doctor of Chiropractic) “THERAPEUTIC ICE”? (Bachelors Degree in Psychology) (Certified Chiro. Extremity Practitioner) (Certified Fitness Trainer) (Specialist in Fitness for Older Adults) What YOU can do to “By combining techniques, I help where others fail. 25,000 patient visits have Sleep better, taught me what really works.” Move better, and Van “Doc Vegas” Whaley Feel Better. Meet Doc Vegas Dr. Van Whaley has many degrees and Written by certifications (DC, BA, AA, CCEP, CFT, SFOA). He earned an Associate and Dr. Van F. Whaley Bachelors degree in Psychology in his home state of Georgia. After a life-changing car crash, he spent four years earning his Doctorate degree in Chiropractic. He continues to study the most up-to-date techniques to help others feel better. He All material is protected by copyright laws (and has been married for karma), not to be reproduced in any form without 13 years, pictured is express written permission. 2010© his daughter, Ivy. Therapeutic Ice© 1 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 2 of 16
  2. 2. What is “THERAPEUTIC ICE”? Another benefit of Therapeutic Ice is reducing Inflammation. When an area is Therapeutic Ice, called Cryotherapy by injured, the body often responds by causing professional therapists and healthcare an “Inflammatory Response.” Usually, the experts, has many benefits. area is swollen and maybe sore and / or discolored. “Be cool. Heeeeeeeeeeey…..” “Have you ever twisted or ‘rolled’ your ankle?” -The Fonz- Then you know what Arthur Fonzarelli inflammation feels like. (a.k.a. Henry Winkler) The Benefits of Therapeutic Ice. Pain relief is the most common reason to use Therapeutic Ice. Within minutes of using These injuries are notoriously painful, and ice, sore and painful areas become “numb”, often cause swelling and bruising. Even if reducing the sensation of pain! there is not a broken bone or torn ligaments, an injured ankle often causes a person to Temporary pain relief is good, but using walk with a “limp” for a couple of days. Therapeutic Ice can have an important effect These symptoms are related to on your nerves as well. Proper use of “Inflammation”. 1 Therapeutic Ice can help to “calm down” nerves, which eases Nerve Irritation. Therapeutic Ice© 3 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 4 of 16
  3. 3. Some of the most celebrated Have you ever seen one of these “breakthroughs” in modern medicine are in professional athletes after a game? They the field of Anti-Inflammatory medications. often have a large ice pack taped to their Unfortunately, some of these medications pitching shoulder and arm. have been shown to damage the liver or kidneys, along with a list of other dangerous side effects. I heard a baseball coach tell the pitcher, Therapeutic Ice has anti-inflammatory benefits without the DANGEROUS side effects. “Put a $20 icepack on that million-dollar arm.” Many medications damage the liver or kidneys. Therapeutic Ice has the benefits of chasing away inflammation without the dangerous side-effects of All professional sports teams use powerful prescriptions! Therapeutic Ice to help their players. Even teams with millions of dollars in their budget and armies of Athletic Trainers and Medical Doctors use Therapeutic Ice to calm As a sports fan, I love watching a baseball down painful areas and relieve injuries. pitcher make a ball “dance” as he throws it past the other teams best batter. Some of the best pitchers can throw a baseball over 100 miles per hour! Therapeutic Ice© 5 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 6 of 16
  4. 4. What is Therapeutic Ice? For best results, In an emergency, a plastic bag filled with ice use therapeutic ice 20 minutes, cubes will suffice, but I suggest purchasing a remove it for 20 minutes, professional-quality Therapeutic Ice Pack. and then reapply to the same area Available in various sizes, they are usually another 20 minutes. plastic and have a gel/liquid inside. Make sure it is non-toxic. These ice packs often look like plastic bags sealed on all sides. The Moral of the Story is… The best models have double seals, or a bag- inside-a-bag. John* substituted a bag of frozen peas for a professional Therapeutic Icepack. It worked After being in a freezer, the gel/liquid traps to ease his pain, but he soon learned a and holds the cold temperature longer than valuable lesson. regular ice and water. The “gel” inside the icepack will remain cold for up to two hours! Unlike water, the gel does not One patient tried a become hard or solidify, so the pack is able “substitute icepack:’ to bend to comfortably match the shape of You will not believe the your body. lesson he learned, or who taught it to him. Contact Dr. Van Whaley Email Therapeutic Ice© 7 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 8 of 16
  5. 5. How to Ice Right. Everything was great until after the third time he used it, when he forgot to return it to No matter what type of icepack you use, the freezer. NEVER place it directly against the skin. Always wrap an icepack with a towel or pad, keeping several layers of cloth between Later that night, his two cats had a blast the icepack and your skin. when they tore open the bag. Smelling food, the cats attacked the plastic bag. The Place the wrapped icepack onto an area, good news is that the cats only ate two or keep it there for 20 minutes, and then three of the peas. Obviously they were remove it. Never leave it in the same area picky-eaters. for longer than twenty minutes at a time. You can get the benefits of Therapeutic Ice The other thousand peas became toys! The several times each day. green balls were cold and soggy, yet they must have been fun to play with. The cats managed to hide 1,000 green peas A creative patient loved to watch a throughout the house! one-hour game show on TV. She would apply an icepack at the When John went into the living room the start of the show, remove it during next morning, there were defrosted peas the middle, and reapply it for the scattered everywhere. What a mess, and the final 20 minutes. cleanup was never-ending! For several weeks, the owner would find a lone pea She benefits from two ice-sessions hiding under the bed, inside his shoe, and while watching TV. many other places. Therapeutic Ice© 9 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 10 of 16
  6. 6. For best results, Even though most people say it is a funny use therapeutic ice 20 minutes, bone, now you can explain that it should remove it for 20 minutes, really be called a “Funny Nerve”. This is a perfect example of how pressure in one area, and then reapply to the same area bumping your elbow, causes symptoms to another 20 minutes. show up someone else along the path of the Nerve. Nerves The Body’s Communication System. Just like traffic on a busy street, nerves carry important information in both directions to When was the last time you hit your “funny connect your brain and your body. Let’s bone?” Remember feeling tingling or look at this interesting phenomenon closer. electricity running down the forearm into your hand? Did you know that the funny Nerves carry vital information from the bone is not a bone at all; it is a nerve! brain out to each part of your body. For example, your brain tells your leg muscles to Nerves that travel to your fingertips are well work harder because it suddenly starts to protected as they exit your neck and upper rain while you look for your car in the back. There is not as much padding in the parking lot. arm, and the nerves are closer to the surface as they cross the elbow joint. Nerves also send messages from the body to the brain, carrying information needed to Bumping your elbow can irritate the nerve, make decisions and take action (i.e., pulling causing pain and weird sensations. That away from the heat of a fire, grabbing the weird feeling that shoots into the hand is bottom of your foot after stepping on an following the nerve as it goes down the unseen toy or rock.) forearm and into your hand. Therapeutic Ice© 11 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 12 of 16
  7. 7. Your body has billions of nerves and An area with lots of Nerves, called a Nerve connections where the nerves communicate Plexus, can be sensitive to stress or injury, with each other.2 and usually responds well to Therapeutic Ice. The neck, upper back, shoulders, and A lot of people suffer from symptoms in low back all have high concentrations of their arms, hands, legs or feet due to Nerves, and are common places to apply pressure on a nerve. Remember, pain and Therapeutic Ice. symptoms in one area can be caused by pressure or problems in another area. Many people have a tendency to “carry stress with them” causing the muscles in Nerves, arteries, and veins in your neck and their neck and upper back to become tight upper back travel through your shoulder, and sore. A Therapeutic Icepack is perfect down your arm, and continue to your hand. to drape around the neck like a scarf. Additionally, nerves and blood supply that Another option is to hang the icepack over start in your low back travel through your the top of one shoulder, and cover the legs and reach your toes. muscles connecting the neck to the shoulder blade, or scapula. Where should I stick it? You can get the benefits of Therapeutic Ice (Be careful whom you ask!) several times each day. The short answer is use therapeutic For more results, use therapeutic ice 20 ice anywhere you have pain! minutes, remove it for 20 minutes, and then reapply to the same area another 20 minutes. It is also helpful to use ice on areas with lots of nerves to reduce nerve interference and irritation. Therapeutic Ice© 13 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 14 of 16
  8. 8. Bibliography For best results, use therapeutic ice 20 minutes, remove it for 20 minutes, and then reapply to the same area another 20 minutes. 1. “Signs of Inflammation.” 2. “Billions of nerves.” Contact Dr. Van Whaley Email Contact Dr. Van Whaley Email All Content copyright 2008-2010. Dr. Van Whaley All rights reserved. Therapeutic Ice© 15 of 16 Therapeutic Ice© 16 of 16