Heat vs. Cold and when to use each.

when to use heat and when to use cold is always a delema, but here is s a few guise lines.

Heat and cold – Powerful pain relievers

Heat and cold therapy are two of the simplest, least expensive and the most effective methods of pain relief. Also they are non-invasive and non-addictive.

Hot packs – Heat Therapy

Heat causes the blood vessels to dilate which brings more blood to the heated area.

-This increases the amount of needed nutrients

- Increases the amount of oxygen

- Removes waste form the area.

-Decreases muscle spasm

Relaxes tense and tired muscles

Relieves Pain

Increases the range of motion

Cold Packs – Cold Therapy

Cold causes the blood vessels to constrict, decreasing the blood flow to the cooled area.

-Reduces inflammation

-Reduces pain

-Reduces muscle spasm

When using heat therapy the heat is usually applied for about ½ hour. Then either apply cool or cold and then apply heat again if necessary. There are many ways to apply the heat click here to see many varieties available.The amount of time for cold therapy is less than heat therapy; usually less than 15 minutes. The effects of cold are known to last longer than heat.Hot and cold agents should always be used with caution.

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