Have you ever injured yourself or had an ache or pain and asked yourself the following question. “Should I apply heat or ice?” Today we’ll explain when you should use heat and when ice is the better pick. We will also share what to do if neither is helping.
First off, a general rule is to use ice for recent, acute injuries less than 6 weeks old. Heat is best for long-term injuries that have been persisting for over 6 weeks. This is because ice constricts blood vessels, numbing pain and reducing inflammation, which is what you need for a new injury. Heat, on the other hand, increases blood flow to relax tight muscles and aching joints. Heat can increase inflammation in specific injuries, so give us a call if you are unsure which to use for your particular injury.
Heat is often best for:
Ice is best for:
Applying Heat and Ice
A bag of frozen vegetables can make a great ice pack that moulds to the injured area. You can use a warm bath, heat wrap, or heating pad for heat therapy.
Apply heat or ice for 20 minutes at a time, taking a break of at least 20 minutes in between sessions. Remove the heat or ice if it becomes uncomfortable, and do not apply ice directly to the skin; wrap it in a lightweight cloth or towel.
When the Pain Isn’t Improving
If at-home heat or ice therapy isn’t improving your condition, give us a call. We’ll get you in for a visit to see if we can help.
If you have any more questions then please free to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 0811-3915-339
Yours in Health and Wellness
The Team at Spinalogic
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