North Bay Pain Management Clinic

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If done correctly the combination of hot and cold therapy can ease pain for up to five days. This therapy is particularly beneficial for muscle injuries and injuries from overuse. The cold therapy helps reduce the pain and inflammation through dilation of blood vessels. As a result, it helps to increase the flow of blood to the area that is injured. It also helps with chronic joint pain. The best part about both therapies is that they can be combined!

Inflammation is lessened
Cold therapy is more efficient than heat therapy in reducing inflammation and blood flow to the affected areas. The cold therapy reduces swelling while heat therapy increases blood flow and draws in more nutrients. Heat therapy is especially efficient in managing pain due to its calming effects on joints. But which treatment should you choose to relieve your discomfort? Here are some helpful suggestions. Be sure to check out our chart of helpful information. Let’s explore how heat and cold therapy can work together.

Ice therapy can be very effective at decreasing swelling and inflammation. Ice therapy can also help reduce inflammation and swelling. It can also trigger a numbing effect that slows down the brain’s pain signals. The most effective cold therapies include ice baths homemade ice packs and cold packs made of chemicals. You should follow the same protocol as heat therapy and limit cold exposure. Do not leave the ice pack on the skin for longer than 20 minutes since this can lead to burns and hives.

Swelling is reduced
While cold therapy may reduce swelling, it has some limitations. It should not be used on people who have suffered from chronic injuries. Cold therapy should not be used on open injuries and should not be used for patients suffering from circulatory or neuropathy conditions. Additionally, those suffering from infections must consult with their physician prior to using this therapy. Cold therapy should be applied only on the affected areas in the beginning stages of pain.

In general, doctors recommend applying ice first to reduce swelling, and then applying heat to ease pain. Heat therapy improves blood flow and helps warm muscles prior to exercise. Cold therapy, on other side, reduces blood flow and reduces swelling. Wrap the affected area with an apron to provide the most effective relief. It is recommended to use cold therapy for at least 15-20 minutes, alternating between each day to get the most effective results.

Reduces pain
It’s dependent on the type and severity of the injury which treatment is more efficient in alleviating pain. For acute pain, like an injury to a muscle it is recommended to use heat as the most effective treatment. Cold therapy is recommended to treat chronic pain, for instance long-term joint pain. There isn’t any one correct or incorrect treatment. Cold therapy is beneficial for those suffering from joint pain.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy is used to decrease the pain and inflammation caused by inflammation and swelling. It slows the deterioration of tissues by inhibiting nerve activity. It reduces muscle numbness and nerve activity. It also reduces swelling and inflammation by reducing nerve activity. However cold therapy isn’t suitable for all people especially pregnant women. Cold therapy is more beneficial for injuries that cause severe pain because it causes the body to react differently to heat.

Inflammation is lessened
Cold therapy is a method to treat a range of health conditions. It reduces inflammation by constricting the blood vessels of muscles, which restricts the flow of blood. It also decreases the transmission of pain signals to your brain. Cold therapy techniques include homemade ice packs as well as chemical cold packs. Similar to heat therapy, cold therapy should be limited to the recommended duration. Exposed to cold for too long could cause ice burns or hives.

Both heat and cold therapy have their advantages, but they have negative effects. Cold therapy is more effective for acute injuries caused by diminished blood flow. The warmth therapy increases blood flow, reduces swelling, inflammation and improves circulation. It also has a psychologically relaxing effect on those suffering, making it a good choice to manage chronic pain. Cold therapy isn’t as effective in long-term pain management.