Saturday, March 14, 2015

Ice or Heat?

Due to insurance changes, I have started to visit a chiropractor instead of Golden Apple Healthcare for my myofascial treatments.  So far so good.

One of his new patient papers was a general overview about using ice or heat.  Its information seemed worth archiving on my blog.


When - Use ice after an acute injury, such as a sprain, or after activities that irritate a chronic injury, such as shin splints.

How - Place an ice pack directly over the injured area for 30 minutes.  Remove it for 60 minutes  Repeat four to six times per day.


When - Use before activities that irritate a chronic injuries such as muscle strains.  Heat can help loosen tissues and relax injured areas.  Do not use heat on acute injuries!

How - Use a heating pad or wet towel for up to 20 minutes.  Never apply heat while sleeping.

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