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.This sort of trauma has causes ranging from straining to lifting a heavy object to whiplash from a car accident. Ice these injuries right away. After the inflammation is gone (1-2 days) you can switch to using heat.
WHEN TO HEAT IT UP
For most muscle aches and pains, heat therapy releases tension and feels comforting. The rise in temperature also promotes healing by increasing cell activity and oxygen flow to tender muscles.
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