massage is a great way to apply ice therapy to a sports injury. It has
many benefits over ice bags, and is especially useful for injuries like
shin splints, plantar fasciitis, and hip flexor strains.
on to learn how to make your own ice cups.
allows for a better penetration of the cooling effects of ice therapy
when compared to traditional ice bags. It also uses the effects of
massage to mobilize the soft tissue. When applied to superficial
muscles, it can help to decrease inflammation and to reduce pain.
Your Own Ice Cups
All you need to make your own ice cup is a
bathroom size paper cup. I believe they are the 3-4oz variety.
fill several of these 3/4 of the way up with water and put them in your
freezer. Once frozen, they will make a perfect ice cup.
the cups are frozen, remove one from the freezer, and tear away the top
3/4 of the paper cup.
This will leave the bottom of the cup for you to
hold onto, and the ice will be exposed to rub onto your sports injury.
apply the ice therapy, simply rub the ice cup over the areas of pain or
I tell my patients to apply for 8-10
minutes. Make sure you put a towel under the areas being iced, as it
will melt and drip.
cup massage is an inexpensive and easy way to apply ice therapy to your
sports injury. With just a little preparation you can have ready made
ice cups in your freezer.