The MEAT vs. RICE Approach

  • June 19, 2019
Boehm's Physiotherapy MEAT vs. RICE Approach Icing and Recovery

At Boehm’s Physiotherapy in Martensville, Saskatchewan, it is our mission to provide our patients with success and an understanding of their injury, in order to ensure a full recovery. Our treatment programs are tailor-made to you individually and to your recovery goals. In our latest article, we share information on about The MEAT vs. Rice Approach in regards to physiotherapy and recovery.


The M.E.A.T vs. R.I.C.E Approach – A Recovery Recipe or a High Protein Diet?



When you initially have an injury, RICE is the approach to guide you through the first few days:



SO – if you just RICE (rest, ice, compression, elevation), are you ready to return to your activities?

The answer is no. RICE by itself is not a meal, or a prescription for return to health from an injury.


You need MEAT.  This is where physiotherapy comes in to assist your recovery.





M– Movement: Physiotherapists guide you with how to first move.

After an injury to compliment healing and prepare the injury for further loading. This may be in nearby areas to keep the whole body healthy and ready for the next phase of your recovery. Early movement can make a more complete and pain free recovery.


E- Exercise is medicine, and the proper exercise can create healthy stress in the injury to allow the body to rebuild.  During assessment and treatment sessions, we prescribe exercise at a starting point appropriate to your injury at the time it is needed.exercise-prescription-Boehms-Physiotherapy-meat-vs-rice


A- Analgesia is what to do to control pain and assist early movement in being pain free.  During treatment, we tape, support, instruct with use of pillows ways to control and eliminate pain.


T- Treatment is the golden nugget – our knowledge of injury and the body lets us use techniques to assist the actual injured tissue from pain back to strong, elastic, functioning tendons, ligament and muscle.  The right things at the right time – ask to see one of our physiotherapists today and get your treatment that can guide you back to health and performance!



At Boehm’s Physiotherapy, we pride ourselves on serving each patient with dignity, respect, and compassion.

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