Hot & Cold Therapy has long been established as an effective form of non-invasive pain relief for muscle or joint pain, but how do you know which one to use and when? Read on to find out….

Heat Therapy

  • Chronic or returning pain
  • Stiff joints or chronic joint or muscle pain
  • Increases blood flow and supplies Oxygen
  • Relaxes muscles, ligaments and tendons
  • Alleviates pain
  • Helps decrease muscle spasms

Some precautions for using heat therapy

  • Do not apply heat therapy to an area for longer than 20 minutes unless otherwise advised by a healthcare practitioner
  • If the area is swollen apply a cold pack do not apply heat
  • Do not use heat therapy if you have poor circulation or diabetes
  • Do not use heat there on an open or healing wound
  • Ensure temperature is consistent throughout the product you are using
  • Wrap heat packs in a towel or cover – do not apply directly to the skin

Heat Therapy Products

There are a number of different products which can be used for heat therapy.

  • Dry Packs – Any joint or muscle pain
  • Wax Bath – Excellent for arthritis or joint pain
  • Moist Packs – Penetrate heat well
  • Electric Pad – Excellent for back pain or larger areas
  • Heat Rub – Any joint or muscle pain

Cold Therapy

  • New injury
  • Reduces blood flow to the area – reducing inflammation and swelling
  • Slows circulation
  • Used on swollen or bruised areas
  • Helps decrease muscles spasms and pain

Some precautions for using cold therapy

  • Use cold therapy for 24 or 48 hours after an injury at regular intervals
  • Do not apply cold therapy for longer than 20 minutes
  • Wrap a cold pack in a towel or cover – do not apply directly to the skin

Cold Therapy Products

There are a number of different products which can be used for cold therapy.

  • Dry Packs – Any new injury, joint pain or muscle pain
  • Cryotherapy – Applies a continues flow of cold therapy compression
  • Cold Rub – Any joint or muscle pain
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