Received a nasty low kick that I managed to block with my shin. Immediately wished I hadn't though as it sent me limping around the ring, then started to swell up like an egg!
When I pointed this out to my instructor, he asked to have a closer look at it. I willingly lifted my leg up for him to get a closer look and expected some sympathy. Instead he started pushing down hard along my shin to "reduce" the swelling. Unsurprisingly this hurt! but he carried on for a couple of minutes until satisfied it had gone down sufficiently, then advised ice and cold bath when I got home.
Is this normal/recommended treatment? I was dubious but the guy's a seasoned pro, so I figure he knows his stuff. Only I can't see a doctor recommending it? (Obviously ice and rest is good. But the direct pressure?)
Incidentally, having watched plenty of televised fights I've never seen a pro fighter limping around after a nasty contact. Is this simply due to conditioning or am I just unlucky? (Colliding with my opponents elbow (with my shin) when going for a kick to the ribs is another favourite of mine)