Cfs Pain Management

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If used correctly when done correctly, a combination of heat and cold therapy can ease pain for up to five days. This therapy is particularly beneficial for muscle tears and injuries from overuse. Cold therapy decreases the pain and inflammation through dilation of blood vessels. As a result, it increases the flow of blood to the area that is injured. Additionally, it can ease chronic joint pain. The best part is that both types of therapy can be used in conjunction!

Reduces inflammation
Cold therapy is more efficient than heat therapy in decreasing blood flow and inflammation to the affected areas. The cold therapy lessens swelling, while the heat therapy improves blood flow and draws in more nutrients. Because of its calming effects on joints the heat therapy is especially efficient in managing pain. What therapy should you use to relieve your pain? Here are some suggestions. Take a look at our chart for help. Let’s examine how heat and cold therapy can work together.

Ice therapy can be extremely efficient in reducing inflammation and swelling. Ice therapy can also reduce swelling and inflammation. It also can cause an numbing effect that can slow down the brain’s pain signals. There are a variety of effective cold therapies available, such as ice baths, homemade cold packs, and a chemical cold pack. Just like with heating therapy, it is essential to follow the proper procedure and limit the amount of cold exposure. You should not leave the frozen skin for longer than 20 mins as this can lead to ice burns or hives.

Swelling is decreased
While cold therapy can effectively reduce swelling, it has certain limitations. Patients suffering from chronic injuries should not utilize this method. Cold therapy should not be used on open wounds and should not be recommended for those suffering from circulatory neuropathy issues. Patients with illnesses should consult their physician before applying cold therapy. Cold therapy should be utilized only on the areas that are affected in the early stages of pain.

Doctors suggest that you first apply ice to decrease swelling and then heat to ease discomfort. Heat therapy increases blood flow and helps warm muscles before you can begin your activity. Cold therapy on the other hand can slow blood flow and decreases swelling and pain. To get the most effective relief, patients should cover the affected area with a light towel. For best results cold therapy should be applied for at minimum 15-20 minutes several times per day.

Reduces pain
It’s based on the type and severity of the injury, which treatment is more efficient in alleviating pain. In general, heat is the best solution for pain that is acute, like a muscle sprain, and cold therapy is advised for pain that is persistent, like a long-standing joint pain. However, there is no hard and fast rule for which is more effective. Cold therapy is beneficial to those suffering from joint pain.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is used to reduce swelling and inflammation. It helps reduce the damage to tissues by blocking nerve activity. It reduces muscle numbness and nerve activity. It decreases swelling and inflammation by decreasing nerve activity. However cold therapy is not suitable for certain people including pregnant women. Because cold therapy causes the body to react differently to heat, it is best for people who are experiencing extreme pain due to an injury.

Lowers inflammation
When applied to many health conditions, cold therapy can help reduce pain and swelling. Cold therapy reduces inflammation by reducing blood vessels in muscles, which reduces blood flow. It also decreases pain signal transmission through your brain. There are two types of cold therapy such as homemade ice packs and chemical cold packs. The use of cold therapy should be only for the recommended duration, just like heat therapy. Prolonged cold exposure can cause an increase in hives or iceburns.

While both heat and cold therapy have advantages, they have different side effects. Cold therapy is more effective in treating acute injuries which result from reduced blood flow. The heat therapy increases blood flow and reduces inflammation and swelling through improving circulation. It also has a calming psychological effect on the sufferer making it a good choice for chronic pain management. Cold therapy is not as effective in long-term pain management.