I still remember, when I tried to ride my bike first time without training wheels, I fell with big bruise and swelling around my knee; and my mom applied ice from refrigerator to heal the pain.  Just like that when my grandma was having her backpain she used to apply a hot water bag to relieve her pain.

Many times in our life, we strain a muscle, or sprain ligament; having minor back pain or suffering from neck pain after waking up.  For minor pain like this we usually try home remedies of cold or heat therapy before consulting our Physiotherapists.

Now question is what is best to apply during your pain; does hot therapy works best or does cold therapy give you more relief?  Well, in many cases heat can work better than cold therapy and in other cases it can be vice versa.

So in this blog we will give you our generic view on which therapy you should apply when you have minor or initial stage pain.

Strain a Muscle

Have you strain (or pulled) a muscle or injured a tendons in your back, thigh or calf and your muscle is swollen or redness?

  • Then its best to apply Cold therapy or Ice Pack. Applying ice pack will help you to reduce swelling, redness or tenderness after your injury.
  • Once your swelling or redness is reduced or resolved then apply Heat Pack around your injured area. This will ease up your stiffness and help you to move better.

Sprain a ligament

Have you sprain a ligament in join while playing a sport or other activity in your knee, ankle, foot or elbow and its hurting?

  • Then its best to apply Cold therapy or Ice Pack. Applying ice pack will help you to reduce pain and possibly numbs it after your injury.
  • Once your pain is reduced or numbs then apply Heat Pack around your injured area. This will ease up your stiffness and help you to move better.

Tendinitis/Tendinosis

Are you having acute pain after some activities in joint such as Shoulder, Knee, Elbow, Wrist and its irritating you?

  • Then its best to apply Cold therapy or Ice Pack. Applying ice pack will help you to reduce pain and possibly numbs your acute pain.
  • Once your pain is reduced or numbs then apply Heat Pack around your injured area. This will ease up your stiffness and help you to move better.  REMEMBER: If you pain is active then DO NOT APPLY HEAT PACK as it will worsen your pain only apply once pain is numb.

Headache

Are you having throbbing headache or muscle pain in neck?

  • Then its best to apply Cold therapy or Ice Pack. Applying ice pack will help you to reduce your throbbing headache and possibly numbs your acute pain.
  • Once your pain is reduced or numbs then apply Moist Heat Pack around your injured area. This will help to relax your painful neck muscle.

Arthritis

Are you having trouble with Arthritis around your joints such as knee, shoulder, elbow, or fingers?

  • Then its best to apply moist heat pack to ease up your stiff joints and relaxes your tight muscles.

Gout Flare-Ups

Are you having chronic or inflammatory arthritis around big toe, instep, ankle, heel, knee or any other joints?

  • Then its best to apply ice pack to numb your pain.

In general, if your pain or injury recent (lets say less than 4 – 5 weeks) then its best to apply ICE Pack or Cold therapy as it helps to reduce your pain, numbs it and relieves inflammation.  If your injuries for long period (let’s say more than 7 weeks) then its best to apply Heat Pack to increase your blood flow to relax tight muscles and relieves your aching joints.  DO NOT APPLY HEAT THERAPY IN YOUR ACUTE INJURIES as it increase inflammation and can delay your recovery.

If your home remedies does not give your satisfactory result, we advice you to consult your Physiotherapists, as they are trained professional to heal your pain.

At Healing Touch, we understand that you required fast relieves from your pain.  That’s why our main objective is provide you Quality and Comfortable care which leads to speedy recovery from your pain.  We have proven track records from our Physiotherapy service at Markham and Ajax location to give maximum result and reduce pain within 3 visits at our facilities in most cases.  We back our name of “Healing Touch” and we focus on “We Heal Your Pain!”.  Call us today to book your consultation for Physiotherapy in Markham or Physiotherapy in Ajax.

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Please note:  this blog is for generic information and does not substitute professional knowledge.  We always recommend you to visit your trusted Health professional for your pain.