Ice or heat on a pulled muscle?

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  1. Falconer

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    I always thought it was ice for the first 24-48 hours and then heat thereafter, but I'm reading things that are to the contrary.

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    Ice for 10-20 minutes then let the muscle naturally get back up to normal body temp (not by adding heat). Repeat. And use an anti-inflammatory. That has been my understanding.
     
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    Heat increases inflammation.
     
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    TOO much ice can increase inflammation too as the veins near the injury will attempt to pump more blood to the injury site to counteract the cold.
     
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    That is why you don't ice for more then 20 minutes at a time. And always have a towel or wash cloth or something between the ice and skin.
     
  6. Pachanga

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  7. Falconer

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    Thanks.
     
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    Some guys ice down their arm after a big game...some say that heat's the way to go...but i have discovered the secret...HOT ICE...HOT ICE...I heat up the ice cubes...IT'S THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS...
     
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    since it worked for me, ceaze suggested

    ice first couple days, then heat the next few
     
  10. BlkDrgnZ28

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    20 minutes of ice on max then minimum 20 minutes off. the only time i ever use heat is when my low backs sore it seems to help me better than ice
     
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    Doctor told me heat when I hurt my back muscle.
     
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