Pain Management Kaiser Permanente

Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If used correctly the combination of hot and cold therapy can offer relief for up to five days. This therapy is particularly beneficial for injuries from overuse and tears in muscles. It also reduces the pain and inflammation by dilation of blood vessels. In turn, it promotes a faster blood flow to the injured area. It can also aid in treating chronic joint pain. The great thing about both treatments is that they can be combined!

Inflammation is reduced
Compared to heat therapy, cold therapy can reduce inflammation and blood flow to the affected area. The cold therapy reduces swelling and increases blood flow. The heat therapy increases blood flow and draws in more nutrients. Because of its calming effects on joints heating therapy is particularly efficient in pain management. But which method should you select to ease your pain? Here are some helpful suggestions. Take a look at our helpful chart. Let’s look at how heat and cold therapy interact.

Ice therapy is effective at decreasing swelling and inflammation. Ice therapy also helps reduce swelling and inflammation. It also can cause a numbing effect that slows down the brain’s pain signals. Some effective cold therapy methods include ice baths, homemade ice packs, and chemical cold packs. You should follow the same procedure as heat therapy and limit cold exposure. It is not recommended to leave the ice pack on your skin for more than 20 minutes because this could cause the development of hives or ice burns.

Swelling is decreased
Although cold therapy can help reduce swelling, it does have certain limitations. People suffering from chronic injuries should not utilize this treatment. Cold therapy should not be applied to open wounds and should not be recommended for those suffering from circulatory or neuropathy-related conditions. Furthermore, patients suffering from infections should consult with their physician prior to applying this treatment. Cold therapy should also be applied on the affected areas only in the initial stages of pain.

Doctors recommend that you apply ice to help reduce swelling and then heat to relieve discomfort. The heat therapy increases blood flow and helps warm muscles prior to activity. Cold therapy, on other hand, reduces blood flow and reduces swelling. To get the most effective relief, patients should wrap the affected area with a soft towel. To get the best results treatment, cold therapy should be used for at least 15-20 minutes several times per day.

Reduces pain
It depends on the type and degree of the injury, which treatment is more efficient in relieving 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 for chronic painsuch as long-term joint pain. There isn’t any one correct or incorrect treatment. The majority of people suffering from joint pain can benefit from cold therapy.

Cold therapy, or cryotherapy is used to decrease pain caused by inflammation and swelling. It reduces the damage to tissues by blocking nerve activity. It numbs muscles and reduces nerve activity. It decreases swelling and inflammation by reducing nerve activity. It is not recommended for everyone, particularly pregnant women and children. Cold therapy is better to treat injuries that cause extreme pain because it causes the body to respond differently to heat.

Inflammation is lessened
The use of cold therapy can be utilized to treat various health conditions. It lowers inflammation by constricting the blood vessels in muscles, which decreases the flow of blood. Furthermore, cold therapy decreases pain signal transmission by the brain. Cold therapy techniques include homemade ice packs and chemical cold packs. Like heat therapy, cold therapy should be limited to the recommended time frame. Prolonged cold exposure can cause Hives or ice burns.

Both cold and hot therapy have advantages, but they have adverse effects. Cold therapy is more effective for injuries that are acute caused by reduced blood flow. The heat therapy increases blood flow and reduce swelling and inflammation by improving circulation. It also has a psychologically relaxing effect on the sufferer making it a good choice for pain management in chronic situations. However cold therapy isn’t as effective for long-term pain relief.