Dec. 7, 2020, 4 p.m.
For decades now, ice and heat therapy has been used, relieving pain that is commonly associated with muscle and/or joint damages. Heat therapy started with a cloth dipped in hot water, and later came hot water bottles, and temperature-controlled pads to help offer them with ease. On the other hand, ice therapy also started by dipping a piece of cloth in cold water.
Cold therapy is designed to reduce blood flow to an injured area, as it helps slow the rate of inflammation, reducing the risk of tissue damage and swelling. Furthermore, it helps numb the area - while acting as a local anesthetic. It slows down the pain impact message from reaching your brain. Allowing you to keep cool and calm until you get the help you need.
Ice can help you treat any swollen and inflamed muscle or joint, generally working wonders when applied within 48 hours of the injury, making ice compression a standard protocol when it comes to treating sports injuries.
When you apply heat therapy to an inflamed area, it can help dilate the blood vessels, promoting blood flow, while helping you tightened and sore muscles to relax. Moreover, it can help boost the circulation of blood, eliminating the buildup of lactic acid waste.
Another aspect of heat therapy is that it works as a reassuring psychological agent, enhancing its analgesic properties. Heat therapy is considered more effective than cold treatment when treating chronic muscle pain or soreness in joints caused by arthritis.
Ice and heat therapy has been around for some time now, and offer great results based on the issue you are facing. Knowing the patient's history, and situation enables you to act accordingly, making sure you choose the right therapy.
Yours in self-care,