Why Use Ice?

There are many proven benefits to icing your head and neck to promote healing, manage pain, and aid in recovery.  A summary of that information can be found here or for more in-depth scientific studies you can visit our sister site IceYourHead.com

A Summary of What We Know Today About Icing Your Head:

  • Core and brain temperature are naturally elevated after exertion or injury and normalizing that temperature is an important aspect of recovery.  External cooling applied to the head and neck can be effective at lowering brain temperature by small amounts and these reductions in temperature have a positive impact on healing.
  • Using ice on your head and neck to reduce migraine pain has been a commonly accepted practice for decades and many people respond very well to cold therapy for migraines and other headache disorders.
  • There is no proven cure yet for mild traumatic brain injuries (concussions).  People who suffer an injury have to “wait it out” and gradually return to their normal life as their symptoms subside.  Icing your head and neck has been shown to help manage the most common symptoms after a concussion such as headache, nausea, difficulty focusing, and sleeplessness.
  • An accumulation of small head impacts over time can have similar negative effects on brain health to one large impact and preliminary studies show that cooling can help to minimize these effects.
  • Hospitals utilize selective hypothermia to minimize brain damage after cardiac arrest, stroke, and severe head trauma.

Why Not Ice Your Head?

  • Research to date on icing your head and neck shows positive effects with no known negative consequences.
  • Ice is commonly used to treat many forms of injuries to the rest of your body.
  • Psychologically, you just feel better when you cool your head and neck in hot conditions and there are proven benefits to athletic performance from icing in between hard efforts in the heat.
  • We believe that all sports teams and athletic trainers should have a method of applying cooling to the head and neck on hand, such as the Cryohelmet, for treatment of mild head injuries, suspected concussions, and heat illnesses.

 

Former football player Kevin Jackson uses brain cooling technology in the hopes of reducing the effects of traumatic brain injuries and sports-related concussions. Jackson was a running back for the University of Illinois from 1990-1994. In addition to suffering a number of injuries to his body during his playing days, Jackson also suffered a number of un-diagnosed concussions.

Keep in mind, icing your head is not a substitute for seeking proper medical attention for a head injury.  It is important that you talk to a medical professional after any blow to the head or in any case of a potential concussion.