We used the pressure technique alone while other studies also used ice massage
on the same point or in combination with other points to relieve pain.
Then the subjects were assessed for weight discrimination ability and functional performance test before and after ice massage. The weight discrimination ability and functional performance test were done randomly to minimize the order effect.
The ice massage was done on the dominant leg and dominance of leg was found by asking a subject to kick a ball.
Pre and Post ice massage differential threshold of weight discrimination ability values and functional performance tests were analyzed using paired t test using STATA 11.0 statistical software.
application of ice massage lead to temperature changes up to the depth of 3 to 4 cm (15).
Melzack (1993) found that intense sensory input produced by ice massage of the web between the thumb and forefinger resulted in a 50% reduction in acute dental pain.
Waters & Raisler (2003) investigated the use of ice massage of the acupressure energy meridian point large intestine 4 (LI4) to reduce labor pain during contractions.
The study determined the effectiveness of the use of ice massage applied on left and right large intestine 4 (LI4), during the active phase of labor in reducing the woman's perception of labor pain.
The treatment in the study was the ice massage (cryokinetics) on the large intestine energy meridian acupressure point LI4 (Hoku) which is being located at the web of the skin within 3 to 4 mm between the thumb and forefinger at the peak of uterine contractions.
(2003) Ice massage. Effects on exercise-induced muscle damage.
(1992) The effects of ice massage, ice massage with exercise, and exercise on the prevention and treatment of delayed onset muscle soreness.
should be repeated three to four times a day for the first 24 to 48 hours following the injury.