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A great way to Ice

Now that I have covered when to ice an injury, here is a tip on how to ice. You can always use a bag full of ice cubes, but they tend to be too bulky to contour any given body part. Frozen peas work a little better, but here is a recipe that works the best (and is much cheaper than the professional gel packs you can buy).

  1. Fill a large Ziploc baggie with 3 cups of water and 1 cup of rubbing alcohol.
  2. Before sealing the bag, release any excess air. Shake the contents together and place in the freezer for three hours. (It is best to double bag in case of leaks).
  3. When you are ready for your ice treatment, place a towel or washcloth between your skin and the baggie.
  4. When you are finished icing (after 10 minutes), place back in the freezer to re-freeze and use it again when needed.

I found this “recipe” in the August 2004 edition of runnersworld.com and tell my patients about it all the time.

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One Response to “A great way to Ice”

  1. thomas says:

    This is a fanastic idea. I get a bit of petaella tendonitis and I find myself in places without a ice bag. I will definitely try this.

    Keep up the good work with the blog.


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