What can I use NICE ICE for?
- Application of cold therapy for 24-48 hours after acute injury
- Reduce recovery times as part of rehab program following injury
- Decrease inflammation by inhibiting fluid filtration into interstitium via vasoconstriction
- Decrease pain and muscle spasm
- Treat small, local bruises
- Decrease metabolic rate
- Decrease spasticity
- Manage contusions
- Effective for arthritis, bursitis and tendinitis
- Treat shin splints
- Effectively manage plantar fasciitis
- Minimize pain from migraines
- Reduction of fever
- Reduce redness, puffiness and wrinkles around the eyes
- Reduce pain and inflammation from an acute burn and insect bites
- Reduce tissue swelling
- Easy to use on the road (car, airplane, train or bus)
- Safe to carry on airplane for treatments at 30,000 feet
What can’t I use NICE ICE for?
- Impaired sensation. Patients cannot report when they become anesthetic from cold
- Impaired circulation. Additional tissue damage may result from vasoconstriction
- Open wounds
- Hypersensitivity to cold, such as Raynaud’s phenomenon, cold urticaria, cryoglobulinemia, and paroxysmal cold hemoglobinuria
- Angina pectoris or other severe cardiac disease
- Regenerating peripheral nerves
How long do I need to use NICE ICE to get the benefits?
To get the most out of NICE ICE treatment, you need to use the roller for 30 min. The following chart shows the use of NICE ICE on a quad muscle for an hour. After 10 minutes you reach 40 F and it holds steady for the next 40 minutes. Now, the target time for icing is 20 minutes. Therefore, after a 30 minute period of continuous use on the quad, you have reached the 20 minutes of icing that you need, with the added benefits of compression and massage.