Andrew Weil is an MD...harvard trained I think. I sold him a bar of soap when I worked at Wholefoods in Seattle. he got Pissed when I asked him why he is fat and does nto recomend a diet based on evolutionary biology...go figure.
Whenever one has inflammation for an extended period of time the amount of scar tissue increases and the quality with regards to fiber direction and strength/integrity decrease, so yes, no ice=worse recovery IMO.
"Survival will be neither to the strongest of the species, nor to the most intelligent, but to those most adaptable to change."