Ice Therapy For Knee Pain?
A lot of medical doctors recommend ice therapy. The idea behind that is that the ice will stop the swelling. It constricts the blood flow by slowing it down.
When you are injured, even from walking or running, your body sends inflammation into the area to heal it. The inflammation includes some swelling. Some people recommend using ice application to reduce swelling.
In Chinese medicine theory, you do NOT apply ice to anything. What you need to treat pain is better circulation, not a blockage of blood flow from ice.
The application of ice right after an injury can prevent some swelling from occurring, however, some studies show there is a rebound effect. Your body fights against things that try to make it do the opposite of what is natural. Applying ice is not really natural.
Instead of ice therapy, you could try rubbing Boswellin cream on your knee. The faster you start therapy, the less damage will be done. If you take herbs and natural supplements soon after injury, they will also help you from getting a lot of fluid build up that the body then has to get rid of.
This is all just Chinese medicine theory. The main objective is to reduce swelling and pain. Temporary application of ice seems to be counter-intuitive.
Natural remedies work WITH your normal body function. They do not fight your body, they work with it.
Remember, there was a time when the earth was flat. It takes a long time for people to give up strong beliefs. Also, there was a time when medical doctors refused to wash their hands between patients. They denied that it was unhealthy.
This is my opinion. Please consult your health care practitioner for what might be most effective for your situation.