Hot or Cold in Olympia WA?

Hot or Cold in Olympia WA?

Chiropractic Olympia WA Shoulder Pain

I get asked this all the time, should I use ice or heat to treat pain in Olympia WA. Well, it depends…..Most people just like heat better but most of the time it is NOT your friend in fact it can make the pain worse. The old standard is not necessarily true which is after 72 hours of use heat.

Understanding Hot and Cold in Olympia WA

f an area is irritated or has inflammation you do not want heat because it will irritate it even more. My advice is to start with ice to calm your body down when your body starts responding by decreased pain and increased mobility then and only then do you start heat WITH ice alternating. Until then ice is your friend and may stay your friend well past the 72-hour mark depending on your activity, and injury…….Your body is ALWAYS right, it IS your friend, so listen.

I want to clarify if you use the blue gel then timing is not as important, if you use true ice then timing is very important 10-20 minutes depending on the body part. Also, with heat, it must be moist heat NOT a heating pad (dry heat) because it will irritate your body on a cellular level and increase pain. An easy way to do moist heat is to take a sock, put rice in it (uncooked), and heat it in the microwave for 2 minutes. Simple and effective.

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