Got pain? Before reaching for a bottle of pills- ask yourself if heat or ice is best for what you are currently experiencing. Heat and ice are both natural, affordable and relatively easy ways to relieve your pain.
The most common problem we see with newer patients is that they are using heat for an acute injury as opposed to ice. So we’ve adapted a quick cheat sheet from the Cleveland Clinic for you to print out and post to your fridge. A quick and easy rule is: when in doubt, ice. Using heat for new injuries will increase inflammation and delay healing.
Ice constricts blood vessels which numbs pain, relieves inflammation and decreases
bruising. So, ice is best for injuries that are less than six weeks old ( acute injury).
Heat increases blood flow which relaxes tight muscles and eases aching joints. So, heat is best for arthritis and injuries that are greater than 6 weeks old ( chronic/recurring).
Please note that we always recommend only icing 20 minutes on, 40 minutes off. And, to not put ice directly on your skin.
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