Cold therapy (cryotherapy) helps an injured body part feel better and heal quicker. Whether it is a sprain, strain or any other muscular condition, cold therapy reduces swelling, soothes pain and helps the healing process. A homemade ice pack made with rice is a simple and inexpensive comfort tool to keep in your freezer.
Things You'll Need
- Sport sock
- Fragrance (optional)
Start with a clean tube-style sport sock.
Fill the sock about two-thirds full with rice. Use regular rice, not the short, cooking type. Spices and herbs will add a nice fragrance, such as cinnamon, cloves or lavender.
Tie the end of the sock securely. Place this ice pack in the freezer. It will not freeze solid, but does keep its coolness for a lengthy period of time.
Wrap or mold the rice ice pack to fit around the body part that needs cold therapy.
To clean, untie the sock and empty the rice. Wash the sock (or replace it) and then refill with rice.