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Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If properly used, a combination hot and cold therapy can ease pain for up to five working days. This therapy is especially beneficial for injuries sustained over time and muscle tears. Cold therapy also reduces inflammation and pain by dilation of blood vessels. It improves blood flow to the area that is injured. It also helps with chronic joint pain. The best part is that both forms of therapy can be used in conjunction!

Inflammation is reduced
Cold therapy is more effective than heat therapy when it comes to the reduction of inflammation and blood flow to the affected areas. The cold therapy helps reduce swelling while heat therapy increases blood flow and draws in more nutrients. The use of heat therapy is particularly efficient in pain management because of its soothing effects on the joints. Which treatment should you select to relieve your pain? Here are some suggestions. Be sure to look over our chart of helpful information. Let’s take a look at how heat and cold therapy interact.

Ice therapy can be extremely effective at reducing inflammation and swelling. It also produces an numbing effect that slows down the brain’s signals for pain. The most effective cold therapies include ice baths, homemade ice packs, and chemical cold packs. Just like with heat therapy, it is important to adhere to the correct procedure and limit the amount of cold exposure. Don’t leave the ice pack on the skin for more than 20 mins since this can lead to ice burns and hives.

Swelling is lessened
While cold therapy can help reduce swelling, there are some limitations. People suffering from chronic injuries should avoid this method. Cold therapy should not be applied to open wounds and should not be suggested for those suffering from circulatory or neuropathy-related conditions. Moreover, patients suffering from infections should consult their physician prior using this therapy. Cold therapy should be applied only on the areas affected at the beginning of pain.

Doctors suggest that you apply ice to reduce swelling and then apply heat to relieve pain. The use of heat increases blood flow and warms up muscles prior activities. Cold therapy, on the other hand slows blood flow and decreases swelling and pain. Wrap the affected area with an apron to provide the best relief. For the best results cold therapy must be applied for at minimum 15 minutes a day.

Reduces pain
Depending on the nature of injury, either cold or heat therapy is the most effective way of decreasing pain. For acute pain, such as a muscle strain it is recommended to use heat as the most effective treatment. Cold therapy is suggested to treat chronic pain, for instance long-term joint pain. There isn’t any hard and fast rule for which one is more effective. Most people who suffer from joint pain can benefit from cold therapy.

Cryotherapy, also known as cold therapy, is used to reduce the pain caused by inflammation and swelling. It reduces the damage to tissues by reducing nerve activity. It specifically numbs muscles that are in pain and reduces nerve activity. It reduces inflammation and swelling by reducing nerve activity. However it isn’t suitable for certain people particularly pregnant women. Cold therapy is more beneficial for severe pain from injuries because it causes the body to respond differently to heat.

Lowers inflammation
When it is used for many health conditions, cold therapy can help reduce pain and swelling. It lowers inflammation by constricting the blood vessels in muscles, which slows down the flow of blood. In addition, cold therapy can reduce pain signal transmission through the brain. There are two kinds of cold therapy such as homemade ice packs and chemical cold packs. The use of cold therapy should be only for the recommended time like heat therapy. Exposure to cold for too long could cause ice burns or hives.

Although both cold and therapy have benefits but they have distinct negative effects. Injuries that are acute are more likely to be treated with cold therapy due to the decreased blood flow. Heat therapy increases blood flow and reduces inflammation, swelling, and improves circulation. It also has a psychological calming effect on the sufferer, making it an ideal choice to manage chronic pain. However cold therapy isn’t as efficient for long-term pain control.