Applying heat pads and ice packs to injuries is a highly effective way to treat them. From arthritis to inflammation, ice and heat treatments proved to be the better option for reducing swelling and soreness.
But when should you apply an ice or heat treatment? If you’re not certain on when to apply either one of them, here’s a little guide for you.
Using ice treatments
Ice is often used in severe cases like sprains or bruises with internal bleeding. If you’re swelling badly within the last 48 hours of your injury, apply an ice compress to minimize inflammation, reduce muscle spasm and stop bleeding. Probably it's an effect of delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Ice treatments achieve this by numbing the area to reduce blood flow and nerve activity. In a word – it relieves pain.
Remember, don’t apply ice directly to the skin as it can cause ice burns. Instead, wrap it in a towel or use ice packs to the injury. Place the ice bags on the wounded area for about 15 to 30 minutes only. Remove the pack if you see your skin turning red.
Using heat treatments
Heat treatments work best to cure achy joints. It has a soothing effect that relieves and stimulates muscles and tissues. In contrast with ice, heat fuels healthy blood flow and eases stiffness to promote supple tissues.
Heat shouldn’t be applied to directly to the wound. It will increase bleeding and enhances muscle spasms.
Also, people with pre-existing conditions like diabetes, vascular diseases, and deep vein thrombosis should be careful in using heat treatments due to higher risks of complications.
Heat and ice treatment with Bodyprox
A lot of uncertainties can happen anytime soon. We need to prepare and look for a remedy that can prevent us from injuries. Now, you don’t have to worry about your injuries and muscle pains. We are proud to introduce a product that can be used in two ways.
Bodyprox created a Hot and Cold Therapy Wrap that helps you ease the pain. You can use it either hot or cold, depending upon the suitability of your need. This portable gear is best for sprains, swelling, muscle pain, bruises, injuries and more.
Aside from that, you can adjust the product to fit it on your ankle, elbow, wrist, foot, and arms. It's made with high-density Velcro attached to it to give you a fit and firm wrapping. Furthermore, the gear supports compression of your inner muscles, blood circulation, and faster recovery time.
Remember that you can use hot when you are treating muscle pain and stiffness. On the other hand, cold therapy is the best remedy for acute injuries, strains, inflammation, and swelling. You don’t have to endure the pain any longer because Bodyprox is here to give you the simplest, lightest, and most comfortable way to treat your injuries.