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Pain Management Using Cold and Heat

If done correctly when done correctly, a combination of heat and cold therapy can offer relief for up to five days. This therapy is especially effective for overuse injuries and tears in muscles. Cold therapy reduces inflammation and pain by dilatation of blood vessels. In turn, it promotes a faster blood flow to the area that is injured. And it can help with chronic joint pain. The most beneficial thing is that both forms of therapy can be combined!

Inflammation is lessened
As opposed to heat therapy cold therapy lessens inflammation and blood flow to the affected area. The cold therapy helps reduce swelling, while heat therapy boosts blood flow and pulls in more nutrients. Because of its calming effects on joints, heat therapy is particularly effective in pain management. Which treatment should you select to ease your pain? Here are some suggestions. Make sure you check out our chart of helpful information. Let’s look at how heat and cold therapy work together.

Ice therapy can be extremely efficient in decreasing swelling and inflammation. It also produces an numbing effect that slows down the brain’s signals for pain. There are many effective cold therapy optionsavailable, including the use of ice baths, homemade packs, and a chemical cold packs. It is important to follow the same procedure as heat therapy and limit cold exposure. You should not leave the application of ice on your skin for more than 20 minutes as this can lead to the development of hives or ice burns.

Reduces swelling
Although cold therapy can reduce swelling, there are some limitations. This therapy is not recommended for people who have suffered from chronic injuries. Cold therapy is not recommended for open wounds and should not be suggested for patients suffering from circulatory or neuropathy-related conditions. Patients with infections should consult their doctor before using cold therapy. Cold therapy can be applied on the affected areas only during the early stages of the pain.

In general, doctors recommend applying ice to reduce swelling, then applying heat to relieve pain. The use of heat increases blood flow and warms muscles prior to exercising. Cold therapy, on the other hand, slows blood flow and decreases swelling and pain. For the most effective relief, patients should cover the affected area with a soft towel. For better results cold therapy must be used for at least 15-20 minutes several times per day.

Reduces pain
Depending on the type of injury, heat or cold therapy can be the most effective in relieving pain. In general, heat is the best alternative for pain that’s acute, such as an injury to the muscle, while cold therapy is advised for chronic pain, like a long-standing joint pain. However, there is no hard and fast rule for which one is more efficient. Cold therapy is beneficial to many people who suffer from joint pain.

The practice of cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy is used to ease discomfort caused by inflammation as well as swelling. It reduces tissue damage by blocking nerve activity. It reduces muscle numbness and nerve activity. It reduces swelling and inflammation by decreasing nerve activity. However, cold therapy is not suitable for certain people especially pregnant women. It is recommended to use cold therapy for injuries that cause severe pain because it causes the body to react differently to heat.

Lowers inflammation
If used to treat a variety of health conditions cold therapy can reduce pain and swelling. Cold therapy decreases inflammation by reducing blood vessels in muscles, which can reduce blood flow. Also, cold therapy reduces pain signal transmission through your brain. There are two kinds of cold therapy: homemade ice packs or chemical cold packs. Cold therapy should be used only for the recommended duration like heat therapy. A prolonged exposure to cold may cause Hives or ice burns.

Both cold and hot therapy have advantages, but they have negative effects. Cold therapy is more effective in treating acute injuries caused by diminished blood flow. Heat therapy increases blood flow and reduces inflammation, swelling and improves circulation. It also has a psychologically relaxing effect on the sufferer, making it an ideal choice for pain management in chronic situations. However cold therapy isn’t as effective for long-term pain management.