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Icing your injury may slow down the rate of healing.

We do apply ice on the injuries for the temporary ice as it numb the senses at the site of application. But a new study has found that putting ice on injuries could slow down healing as it prevents the release of a key repair hormone.

The study, published in the 'Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology' journal, suggests muscle inflammation after acute injury is essential to repair. It can also lead to new therapies for acute muscle injuries that lead to inflammation.

In the study, Prof Lan Zhou and colleagues at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio discovered inflamed cells produce a high level of a hormone called insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) which significantly increases the rate of muscle regeneration.

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