The Hartzell line of thought is that for minor to moderate sports injuries, in particular those involving the ankle, the old method of immobility and ice actually inhibits blood flow to the affected area and thus slows down the healing process. Hartzell instead recommends the athlete keep the injured area warm, enhancing blood flow and flushing the area with helpful nutrients, oxygen and antibodies within the blood. At the same time, the athlete should combine movement with traction and continue using the injured area in order to stave off atrophy and weakness. The tractioning process, in essence stabilizing the joint and restoring it to its proper alignment through the use of either the Jump Stretch bands or bandage wraps or tape, allows the necessary movement to occur whilst the limb is elevated. Therefore, all 4 components may be utilized simultaneously.
There is documentation, both clinical and anecdotal, that tells of athletes' full recovery time from injuries being reduced to hours or days, using M.E.T.H.. By contrast, many prescriptions for treatment of a sprained ankle using the I.C.E. method recommend a rest period of 2 weeks. What athlete can afford to take off that much time, and then still have additional down time recuperating and rehabbing? Get hooked on M.E.T.H., instead, and use its speed top your advantage. A great resource is the Hartzell book Don't Ice That Ankle Sprain.