Back pain, ice massage

A South Carolina physician advises his back pain patients to fill a small paper cup with water, put a wooden ice cream stick in the cup and freeze the cup. He instructed them to peel the cup off the ice block, and holding the stick, to massage the painful area for five to ten minutes in a circular motion. Initially pain relief lasts about 15 minutes, but as the treatment routine continues pain relief persists for longer periods of time. (Edell Health Letter 8(7)6, July 1989; Pain Management, March/April 1988) Copyright 1989 Phylis Austin

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