Just in case, here is when to use what!
Cold Compress – For sprains and bangs, the main objective is to get the swelling down, reduce pain and inflammation. Swelling hurts and affects the healing of the affected area.
- Put the compress for no more than 20 minutes at a time, every 3-4 hours
- Make sure there is a cloth between the ice compress and affected area
Heat Compress – Heat relaxes muscles. So, when do you need one?
- Stiff muscles and joints. If you have been sitting for a very long time and feel that familiar
neck or back ache, heat will loosen and relax the muscles.
- Muscles spasms – Can occur after a sudden wrong move, overuse of muscles or muscle
If you have extended periods of pain, make an appointment and come in and see us!