Cold and Hot Therapy

1393Cold therapy is great after a sudden injury because it narrows blood vessels and helps to reduce swelling and inflammation. Soothing hot therapy, on the other hand, can help with ongoing aches and pains by bringing blood flow to an affected area, which promotes healing. Regardless of what type of therapy you use, be sure to wrap your ice pack or heating pad in a towel to avoid direct cold or hot contact with your skin.*

Brief periods of treatment are important. Apply cold or heat for a maximum of 20 minutes several times a day. After using cold or heat, be sure to evaluate your skin and monitor it for adverse effects such as rashes or blisters.

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