Heat vs Ice : What Should You Use And When ?

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Using Thermotherapy ( Heat ) or Cryotherapy ( Ice ) is necessary to manage pain or when an injury to the body occurs. However, there are a lot of confusion as to what you should apply and when.

When to use Heat ?

In general, heat (a.k.a Thermotherapy) is used to treat chronic pain. It is used to help relax the muscles and stiff joints as well as heal damaged tissues. Thermotherapy also helps by increasing the temperature, thus improves circulation and blood flow to the specific area.

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When to use Ice ?

Ice (a.k.a Cryotherapy) is mainly used to treat acute pain and new injuries. It is targeted to reduce the circulation and blood flow to the area which can significantly reduce swelling and inflammation. By applying ice, it helps to dull and numb the pain to the particular area by temporarily reducing the nerve activity, and thus relieves the pain. Cold therapy should be applied as soon as possible right after an injury for 15 to 20 mins, but not longer than 20 minutes.

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Example Of Heat and Ice Therapy

Thermotherapy ( Heat ) Cryotherapy ( Ice )
Hot Pack
Cold Pack / Ice Pack
Heating Pads
Coolant Spray
Wax Baths
Ice Massage / Ice Baths
Infrared
Cyrocuff

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Do keep in mind that ice or heat on its own or by itself won’t help treat the root of the problem as it should only be a part of the overall treatment/rehabilitation plan. Using ice and heat are just alternative ways to reduce pain, inflammation, and stress which can aid in the recovery process.

MUSCLE SPASM : Causes, Symptoms and Treatments.

What is MUSCLE SPASM ?

Muscle spasms is also known as muscle cramps. It occurs when your muscle involuntary and forcibly contracts and becomes unable to relax. It can involve part or all of a muscle, or several muscles in a group. The most common sites for muscle spasms are the thighs, calves, feet, hands, arms and abdomen.

How Does It Occurs ?

Muscle spasm can be caused by not enough stretching, muscle fatigue, dehydration depletion of electrolytes (salts and minerals), stress and etc. Possible causes for nocturnal leg cramps include sitting for long periods of time, overused muscle or poor sitting posture.

What Are The Symptoms ?

A spasm feels like tightness or a knot in the muscle. It can feel like a ‘stitch’ or be agonizingly painful. It may hurt when you use the muscle impacting its use. A cramp during exercise is often extremely painful.

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