R.I.C.E Therapy 

R.I.C.E therapy is quite frequently referred to in medical literature in regards to athletic injuries. R.I.C.E is an acronym that stands for Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. It is one of the most popular and effective recovery methods and something that athletes swear by. 



After an athletic injury, one should rest the area to avoid any further damage. It is important to listen to your body when you are in pain, there is a reason these pain signals are sent to your neurological system. Your body is trying to make you aware that there is a problem that needs to be addressed. If you decide not to listen to your body, it could cause more injury, delayed healing, heightened pain and in some cases even cause bleeding. Listen to the signals sent to your brain and rest in order to maximize your recovery and get back to training as soon as possible. 



Icing an injury is extremely important. The cold temperature causes vasoconstriction which decreases the amount of blood that can accumulate around the injured area. This is important for quick recovery. The more blood that is around an injured area, the longer healing will take. There are many ways to ice your injuries. The typical guidelines that should be abided to varies per injury. For injuries in small areas such as a thumb, toe, foot or wrist, one should ice  the area for 15-35 minutes. For injuries to larger areas such as your thigh, back, shins, etc. one should ice the area for about 30 minutes, remove the ice for 15 minutes to allow the skin to warm up, then reapply the ice for a total cycle time of 3 hours. It is important to implement this method 24-48 hours after the injury for the most effective results.  



Compression is important in decreasing swelling that is followed by an injury. Similar to ice, it also limits the amount of blood accumulated around the injury area. Usually, compression is accomplished through wrapping the area with an elastic bandage. Additionally, an effective method of compression is massage. Many athletes even participate in compression massage therapy to quickly heal and recover. Compression massages have shown to increase oxygen and nutrients to the affected area for speedy recovery. 



Elevating injuries is an essential component of recovering from an injury. One should elevate the iced and compressed area to where it feels comfortable enough. Elevation can be as simple as placing pillows under an injured leg or arm to make sure it is just above the level of the heart. Elevation will help in decreasing swelling and pain. 


Incorporating Nitro into R.I.C.E Recovery

As you can see, there are many benefits to R.I.C.E therapy which is why most clinicians, physical therapists and sports therapists abide by this therapy technique. Your Nitro can help make this method more convenient and effective. The Nitro combines two of the most important elements of R.I.C.E therapy; ice and compression. Icing an injury is one of the most important techniques yet probably the most inconvenient one. Having to refill your ice every 15 minutes can be a nuisance, especially when you should be icing for a total of 3 hours in on and off cycles for injuries of large areas as mentioned above. The Nitro remains frozen for a total of 6 hours without having to refreeze it! Icing can also be a hassle due to the mess that it makes when it comes to the melting of the ice that tends t o condensate on the bag or towel you are using. It makes your clothes, floor, and injured area drenched which tends to create an issue for those attempting to recover at home. The Nitro ball is designed using no-drip technology to avoid this. Overall, it makes icing a much more convenient and effective therapy intervention method. 

As mentioned before, compression is also extremely essential in this form of therapy. For further compression effectiveness many athletes turn to compression massage due to the benefits that this technique provides. Your Nitro can be used for this compression massage in the comfort of your own home! One can simply bandage the area as recommended, and massage the injury using the frozen Nitro ball. Moreover, you do not have to be a massage therapist to perform this massage procedure to yourself. Nitro is designed for easy use by just gliding the tool over the area with an adequate amount of pressure and the massage happens on its own due to the 360 rotation of the steel ball. All in all, this product provides icing, compression and massage all in one simple use.