Acute Inflammation protects and heals the body after an injury or infection - it is essential and normal.  If you have ever sprained an ankle, or bruised your arm, you’d be familiar with the effects of inflammation: pain; redness; swelling; warm, tingling sensation, and sometimes even a loss of function.  In the wake of a nasty cut or broken bone, the battle is on! Immediately, a biochemical cascade improves blood flow to the area. Nerve endings and other cells at the site of the injury or infection send out signaling molecules and other chemical components to recruit the body's equivalent of the Superhero — white blood cells that fight off foreign bodies. It's an amazing process that from the surface looks like swelling and can hurt, but it's all part of making things better.

Chronic inflammation can play a more puzzling and long-lasting role in the body. Consider the vast array of autoimmune disorders — such as rheumatoid arthritis, lupus and polymyalgia rheumatica — where the body's immune system mistakenly initiates an inflammatory response even though there's no apparent inflammation to fight off.

Can you actually do something to reduce your risk of chronic inflammation that may play a part in disease?

Some people advocate an "anti-inflammatory diet."  n anti-inflammatory diet helps counteract chronic inflammation.

Ice may simply be one of the easiest delivery systems for a bit of non-toxic stimulation — a way to stimulating tissue without overloading it, while simultaneously getting some temporary pain relief from numbing. However, it certainly isn’t “anti-inflammatory”!

Most RSI's are muscular.