Hot and Cold Therapy is frequently prescribed to facilitate faster healing, recovery, and relief from pain in the body.
The source of pain could be from a number of varied causes, whether from an injury sustained in a car collision, sports trauma, chronic condition (such as arthritis), post-surgical wounds, or even an irritated spider bite.
Cold Compression Therapy is used primarily to reduce painful inflammation at the point of injury. Muscle fibers contract when chilled, and this, coupled with gentle compression, reduces swelling. Cold therapy, when used correctly, also has a numbing effect, often alleviating a significant amount of pain. These main components of cold compression therapy are key to an accelerated recovery.
Heat Compression Therapy is typically employed when relaxation and comfort is desired. Heat causes dilation in the body's blood vessels, and when more blood flow can reach the afflicted area, it brings increased oxygen along with it. This also encourages soothing relief from pain, promoting quick comfort and healing.
It is important to know when to use hot therapy and when to use cold therapy, and for how long. According to Healthline Newsletter, "As a general rule of thumb, use ice for acute injuries or pain, along with inflammation and swelling. Use heat for muscle pain or stiffness." Ice should not be applied for too long, as prolonged exposure to cold can counteract its therapeutic qualities. Apply several times for about 15-20 minutes each.
Heat Therapy treatments can generally be applied for up to 30 minutes per session.
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