I have read this more than once, in multiple places. Makes sense to me, icing reduces initial swelling and inflammation, but for healing and activity, you need warmth and blood flow, which is enhances by applying heat.
And Ibuprofen for extended periods is bad for your GI tract.
For what it's worth:
Joint pain -- hips, knees, shoulders -- I use a hot shower (110F) for a good soak (10 min) on the target area. Then end with totally cold spray (54F) for 2-3 min. Basically the contrast bath, which works for me.
Ibuprofen -- for sore tendons, 600 mg 3x day, max one week; or you wreck your gut as per Jeff.
Also, don't take the ibuprofen on an empty stomach.
I like this as one of the reasons to use ice for acute injuries: "Can mentally provide relief if it’s what you’ve done all your life for injuries"
The heat-before and ice-after has always been good to me. And yes, I'm in the Zan camp of needing the mental relief of icing!
I'm being very careful with the ibuprofen.