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'For decades, doctors, coaches and trainers around the world have advised us to put ice on sore, bruised, sprained or torn muscles to reduce pain and swelling. Ever since Dr. Gabe Mirkin came up with the acronym RICE – during the late seventies - Rest, Ice, Compression and Elevation (RICE) has been the way to go to treat every athletic or muscle injury.
But is RICE truly the best thing to do to speed up healing and recovery, or does it need a revision? More recent research shows that icing and total rest may actually be doing just the opposite.'