Treating Injuries

A muscle strain typically involves inflammation or swelling.   When an injury first occurs remember R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression (with an elastic bandage – not too tight or left on for more than four hours at a time) and Elevation of the body part.  Then, once inflammation goes away and you’re on the mend (about 48-72 hours after the injury) heat can be applied to speed healing.  Heat can also be soothing if you’re just sore from your workout but don’t have an injury.  A hot bath makes you feel better by increasing blood flow and relaxing your muscles.


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