Do you know when to use a Cold Compress or a Hot one?

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!