COLD PACKS AND ICE MASSAGES
Topical cold can be applied to a local area by means of an ice massage or to a larger area by an ice pack. Ice packs and ice massages are used for the treatment of acute pain and swelling.
1) To reduce and prevent
2) To decrease blood flow to the
3) To decrease pain via an analgetic effect reflexively interrupting the pain, spasm, or pain cycle.
1) Acute injuries