Did you know that heat therapy is much more effective for relieving back pain than ice?
WHEN TO COOL IT OFF
Ice should only be used to treat tender, hot, or inflamed muscles.1 This sort of trauma has causes ranging from straining to lifting a heavy object to whiplash from a car accident.1 Ice these injuries right away.4 After the inflammation is gone (1-2 days) you can switch to using heat.
5. Nadler SF, Steiner DJ, Erasala GN et al. Continuous low-level heat wrap therapy provides more efficacy than ibuprofen and acetaminophen for acute low back pain. Spine (Phila Pa 1976) 2002;27:1012-7.
6. Compendium of Therapeutics for Minor Ailments. Low back pain. Accessed from: https://www.e-therapeutics.ca