To ice, or not to ice, that is the question…though not in the mind of Gary Reinl, PT Aligned Contributor and author of the new book ICED: The Illusionary Treatment Option. In ICED and in this podcast interview with UFC Fighter Miesha Tate, Reinl puts the thaw on this physical therapy modality considered tried-and-true for decades.
Reinl candidly and convincingly argues his case for not icing injuries while sharing interesting history of icing and explaining the origins of the world-famous RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation) protocol. It’s a fascinating listen for any physical therapist whether or not you’re ready to bid your ice bags farewell.
Reinl has spent nearly forty years in the sports-medicine/rehab field, with diverse experiences ranging from training professional athletes to pioneering the field of strength-building for pregnant women to developing rehabilitation programs for injured workers. Additionally, his groundbreaking senior strength-building protocol has been implemented in more than 1,000 senior living facilities. Reinl authored two previous books: Making Mama Fit [Leisure Press, 1983] and the 2007 “fat loss” book Get Stronger, Feel Younger [Rodale Press].
Listen to the complete interview here.