What’s better for recovery, heat or ice?
Well, the best method for recovery really depends on the stage of the injury.
For the first 48-72 hours, ice would be a better recovery option, simply because the muscle is greatly inflamed and hot to the touch.
Using ice would help keep the swelling and fluid movement down.
Beyond that period of time, moving into heat is the next best thing. However, the state of the injury is different in every situation.
Someone could potentially stir-up the injury again while carrying on about their day, causing pain and inflammation again, so ice would again be the better solution.
Essentially, heat is better to keep the muscle relaxed and better prepared to heal. But during any times of swelling or when the muscle is heated, ice is your best bet.
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