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Is the R.I.C.E. Method out of date for treating injuries? Enter METH (no, not that meth!)

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I recently sprained a finger and found myself bothered by the whole ordeal. I didn’t realize how much my fingers play a part in everyday things like grabbing, holding and just shampooing my hair! Haha. I decided to Google the best way to treat a sprain, since after going to the doctor and getting an X-ray to show it’s not broken, I didn’t want to waste time and money for them to tell me to put a splint on it and take some Advil.


I went deep down the Google rabbit hole and stumbled on a new method of injury treatment I had never heard of before –


The METH Method.


METH stands for Movement, Elevation, Traction, and Heat. It’s a bit of a departure from the customary RICE method (Rest, Ice, Compress, Elevate).


The practicality of the METH method makes a lot of sense to me. And RICE just always seemed counter-intuitive. Resting, Icing, Compressing and Elevating are all ways to decrease blood flow to the damaged tissues. This is the opposite of what we want to happen when we have injured tissues. Inflammation needs to be removed by our lymphatic and circulatory system. Movement helps it do just that. Elevation, while allowing the tissues less blood flow, still allows for less inflammation to accumulate. Traction helps move the joint and create space and more movement among the surrounding tissue and heat – well, we know heat helps circulate the blood better.


I’ll be giving this method a try for my next moderately severe injury (I practice jiu-jitsu, so I don’t anticipate this will be the only time I get injured!) to see how it works in comparison to the RICE method. Just wanted to share this with you!


Here’s the article I referenced in this post.