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ice massage

Application of ice for a therapeutic effect. Paper cups containing water previously frozen are preferable. The cups are rubbed over a localized area in small circles for 5 to 10 min to numb the part and prepare it for deep pressure or deep transverse friction massage. Ice massage is also used to treat traumatized tissues and joints. See: cryotherapy (1)

Patient care

A cold source such as a cup containing frozen water or a plastic pack that holds a cold gel is applied to joints, muscles, tendons, or other tissues. The pack is held in place or rubbed over a localized area in small circles for 5 to 10 min to numb the part and prepare it for deep pressure or deep transverse friction massage.

See also: massage
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The ice massage was done on the dominant leg and dominance of leg was found by asking a subject to kick a ball.
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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.
All the participants underwent ice massage in their left and right L14.
Ice massage should be repeated three to four times a day for the first 24 to 48 hours following the injury.