Do you like cooling down on a hot sunny day? I know I do.
How about cooling down with a treatment like Ice? Four words for you:
“Got – To – Love – It”
There’s nothing like having easy access to ice right? Here’s the perfect example of that:
The play by play:
- You go to the freezer
- Grab a bucket full of ice
- Transfer it over to a bag or towel
- Lay it on the area of pain
- Relief, and problem solved
…Or so you thought.
Ice has the ability to change your core temperature, and while that’s the purpose, at times it can be extreme.
Remember how I just said “core” temperature a moment ago?
On average, you experience a 98.6 Fahrenheit of warmth circulating throughout your body. In similar ways, when you experience a lower back pain injury, your body temperature will increase; no thanks to the activity you were involved in.
And then your natural response kicks in. The throbbing on your lower back is telling you an important message:
“Send me something Icy down my way”
The Water Is The Best Part For You
Ice has a solid reputation of being the “Go To” of treatments and it is also why many people are not sure of:
- when to use it
- why they use it
You wouldn’t question such an effective treatment, and in retaliation you might ask: “How can a BLOCK of solid ice, full of nutritious water (when in its liquid state) harm your body?”
Think about this statement:
A solid does not equal water, and water does not equal a solid.
What’s meant by this is that the feel of a solid block of ice does not feel the same as water in its liquid state, and vise versa. Its the properties of temperature and stimulation that separates the two.
What if you’re caught in type of thinking?
In this frame of mind, you’ll never think about the risk you are taking when applying a bag of ice to your lower back for an extended amount of time.
Here’s a rule of thumb I live for and not too exaggerate, I die for:
Ice should be used for when you’re pain is fresh and acute. Otherwise I wouldn’t bother, because you could cause irritation to your nerves.
Let me explain…
When you press a bag of peas or ice to the targeted area of pain in your lower back, you have this thought to think the inflamed area will decrease in magnitude in a matter of seconds.
Lets unite as a whole:
“WE” don’t know and hear our body well enough, so we don’t make the best long term decision for our health. Instead we base things off on which one is the best for me for this moment, right here in time.
Please hear me out…A bag of ice can not penetrate far enough into your back. Your Back is thick, most of the muscles and spinal joints are going to be well out of reach.
Ice Cubes In A Bag Or In A Towel Safer?
You’ll hear me say this time and time again, but in slight variations: “Bottom line, Ice is Ice.”
It doesn’t add, or multiply into a greater outcome.
Whether you use a towel, or have ice ready to go in a bag, the fact is, your tissues act as like the security system from not letting you through to your prize…the root of inflammation.
As the short story goes:
When I first started off with both nonspecific and specific chronic lower back pain, I did everything in my power to stay away from ice. I learned early on in the short run with acute pain that it will only cause irritation and the biggest of all:
- Neurological Overreaction. Your lower back will tend to overreact to anything that causes a weird change in your brain. The receptors in your brain change the state of your thinking when something cold is applied to it. See how one trigger causes the next to happen? and its instantaneously!
The question you’ll learn to ask yourself is: “What comes of it?”
Let me tell you, Not much good. The effects of it are as follow:
- This adds discomfort
- Often feels like a hazard.
…Your back is full of trigger points, and pressure sensitive spots that you associate with pain and stiffness in your lower back. Think of it as a needle being pinched into your skin. Not very soothing is it.
There are tiny patches of muscle tissue that are cramping up in a centralized location, and when the ice hits the location you get more of a jump like a muscle spasm is present.
I Don’t Hate Ice, In Fact I Use It Often
I’ll be completely honest with you, I do use ice to relieve and remove my lower back pain. Most all the time. Not the normal type of ice though, I use a COOLING gel ice that comes in a 16 oz container. I couldn’t give you the exact times my back has flared up. I used to pop a quick pain reliever, and combine it with a short term muscle and joint topical relaxant. But then, after my injury to my spine(L3-L5, herniation), I changed my tactics.
I immediately invested into a more chronic lower back pain solution that would not only relive me at any time of the day, but when I had to exercise. My best friends and family would say I couldn’t live without soccer, and it was not a matter of if, but how…how will I relieve my joints and muscles from feeling discomfort before and after a long activity?
Ice and menthol are on two different playing fields.
I am putting the all natural chemical components of the mixture to work, and using the mixture of compounds to not only cool my back, but to heat up, and feel the relaxed, and soothing sensation. More of the Menthol agent, and less of the complaining muscle and joint pain.
Here is the ice I use on a daily, and especially for my more active ventures:
How I’ve made it my go to:
- For acute pain
- Chronic lower back pain
This is full of completely healthy ingredients that work well together to counteract the pain I have. One of the many ingredients I like is the use of Menthol. It activates the cooling sensation to a tea. I rest better knowing that my inflamed area will decrease in a much shorter amount of time when I use this, then always relying on conventional methods like ice.
Trading Ice For These Will Lead To Reduction
If you have to use ice that is convenient for you, there are replacement methods that you can take for the brief moment that are better than a block of regular ice.
- Cold Packs
- Cold Shower
Another reasonable solution would be a cold pack. Cold packs can stay attached or not be attached to your back. You can walk around with them wherever you need to go if need be.
Cold Showers are great because it will relieve you of not only the stress you have in your mind, but it will only be for a short amount of time with a high volume of cold water rushing at you.
It is a simple as that! Next time you go to reach for those ice cubes, do know that there are better alternatives out there. Don’t waste your time on those peas, or ice bags. If you would like to know more, have questions, comments, or concerns why don’t you shot me a message down below. I’ll get back to you in less time than you know!