Heat is therapeutically used to increase the blood flow to the area while exchanging nutrients, waste, and oxygen throughout the body. An application of 15-20 minutes is commonly given for home care. This will temporarily relax tense muscles and relieve pain. Moist heat such as paraffin wax or a thermaphore pad is more effective than dry heat.Heat is best used for chronic conditions that show no signs of swelling and inflammation.
Do not apply heat without the advice of your Therapist if:
How to apply the heat:
Cold is therapeutically used to decrease the the blood flow to the area. An application of 10-15 minutes is commonly given for home care. Ice is used for acute injuries, inflammation, swelling and pain relief. Ice can be used for sprains, strains, tendinitis, bursitis, migraines, joint pain and more.
Do not apply ice without the advice of your Therapist if:
How to apply the ice: