there is no inflammation whatsoever but i will check out freezer to see if there is any ice!
You've brought up an important point here that a lot of people overlook.
If this is just about any soft tissue damage (there are a few exceptions). Then you will
As this is so important I'll give you a rought guide just so you know what's going on when you injure yourself:
Nearly every cell has a capillary running near it (VERY close it'd look like touching to the naked eye). If there is any damage to the area you can garantee that that the capillaries in that area are damaged or ruptured. This damage makes them more permiable , so factors of blood can get into the damaged area & begin the repair process & white cells can get into the area to defend it from invasion.
One problem is if you apply heat you increase the blood pressure in the capillaries in that area. For something like DOMS, stiffness because you haven't moved in a bit, or a slight twinge, this is good. It gets more blood into the area to take away lactic acid, get synovial fluid produced etc & can aid recovery from these conditions.
On the other hand increasing blood pressure on a damaged area can be dangerous. It will increase pressure on damaged tissue, increase pressure upon (a possibly) damaged joint, muscle, tendon, ligament, bone etc. Ice will slow the blood supply & lower the pressure. This will relieve any build up in pressure on the structures of the body, so giving them the best chance to heal safely without additional damage.
Sorry to harp on about this on a massive reply, but it's vital everyone understands the nature of injury & when in any doubt ICE
is the way forward, not heat.