As a doctor of chiropractic, I have seen lots of injuries from raking and putting up Christmas lights the past three weeks.
NEVER put a hot pack, hot creams, heat lamp, (did I mention hot pack) on an acute injury. ALWAYS put an ICEPACK on it….ALWAYS!
What is an acute injury? “Acute Injury,” means anything that has happened within the last 3 days, even if it is an exacerbation of an otherwise chronic problem.
The way to apply ice: 10 minutes on and then take it off for 10 minutes, allowing the
area to return to a reasonable skin temperature. Repeat 2 or 3 times every few hours.
Leaving ice on for more than 15-20 minutes can chill the area too deeply and cause your brain to increase the blood flow rather than decrease it. SO the rule is ON and OFF alternately every 10 minutes or so. This will get you through the night (or weekend) until you can get in for a chiropractic adjustment.
James Devine is a Seattle Chiropractor. Visit his website at http://www.seattlechiropractor.com
Editor's Note: To prevent raking injuries, read the article, “Pain Free Weekend Yard Warrior,” on page 28 of the Nov/Dec 2012 digital issue of Journey to Natural Living. Register to read all our issues online at http://journeytonatliv.com