So, where do we start, heat or ice?
When and why?
We've put together some top tips on when best to use heat and ice.
- Ice is an effective and natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory.
- Ice should be applied over the inflamed area in the acute or early stages of your problem.
- Whenever you experience swelling, redness or sharp/stabbing pain it is generally considered best to apply ice.
- Repeat until symptoms ease usually for 24 – 48 hours.
- Following this you should alternate with ice and heat.
- Apply heat for about 20 minutes and then follow with 20 minutes of cold.
Precautions when using heat and ice.
- Over areas of skin that are in poor condition.
- Over areas of skin with poor sensation to heat or cold.
- Over areas of the body with known poor circulation.
- In the presence of infection.
- Also, do not use ice packs on the left shoulder if you have a heart condition.
- Do not use ice packs around the front or side of the neck.