Application of Hot and Cold Packs

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Hot and cold packs are a part of naturopathy. They are commonly used by athletes to minimize swelling of injuries such as muscle and joint sprains. Nowadays chemical substances are used in these hot and cold applications.

Use of hot and cold packs

Hot and cold packs have become inevitable in modern sports. When there is a sprain in some joint, it causes great pain as the tissues in the body are damaged. Hot and cold packs mixed with chemicals are used nowadays to alleviate pain and also to heal the injury. These chemicals cause changes in the sprained joint such as widening the blood vessels to bring more blood to the injured joint and reduce pain.

Application of hot and cold packs

Hot and cold packs are used for different purposes. One should know when to use hot and cold packs. Modern therapists use a therapy called contrast therapy to speed up the effect of using both hot and cold packs at the same time.

Hot and cold to promote blood circulation

Use of hot pack

.Application of hot packs causes blood vessels to open wide and promote blood circulation. Application of hot packs is useful for chronic conditions where circulation is permanently impeded to the joint. This can be seen in older people as their pain is chronic they need to stimulate circulation and speed up blood flow.

Application of cold pack

Applying cold to a sprain immediately after the incident causes the blood vessels to constrict. This cold application deadens pain receptors at the injury site and reduces pain. Sportsmen and athletes apply ice to their bodies immediately after sporting events to reduce inflammation and minimize pain. Cold pack or ice pack is used for acute injuries such as a knee sprain, post-operative treatments, or any type of swelling. Cold pack reduces inflammation around the area of injury. It can also work to numb the area of pain, creating an analgesic effect.

Application of hot and cold

Nowadays, advanced methods of cold and hot application have become common to get quick relief. When a sprain occurs in a joint, apply cold packs for 20 minutes to reduce swelling. After sometime, you can apply cold pack for two minutes and hot pack for thirty seconds. Do this alternatively several times until your pain is relieved considerably.

Tips to use packs

Which works best?

Hot pack or cold pack, you should know which works better in certain condition. For fresh injuries such a sudden sprain in the ankle, sore elbow after your play, accidental bruises, etc. use cold pack as the first remedy for aching joints. You need not be panic in search of ice pack in emergencies. A bag of frozen peas can serve as an emergency ice pack.

Tips to remember

You can use hot packs for chronic pains and muscle soreness. Some people may be too sensitive to use cold packs. They may be benefited by hot packs.
Whenever you use hot or cold packs wrap them in a towel before applying it on the affected spot so that you may not cause skin injury. Another thing you have to remember is that the patient should not sleep while you apply cold pack application is going on.

Diabetic patients should be very careful in using packs either hot or cold. They may cause damage in their blood vessels or impair nerve sensation.

Tags

Blood Circulation, Chronic Pain, Cold Pack, Hot Pack, Inflammation, Injury, Wrap In Towel

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author avatar Mark Gordon Brown
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Very good tips about using heat and cold therapies

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author avatar vpaulose
8th Aug 2011 (#)

I always wait for your valuable guidance. Thank you my Guruji.

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author avatar Buzz
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Now it's clear to me. Thanks, dear vpaulose.

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author avatar vpaulose
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you dear Buzz.

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author avatar Set Free
8th Aug 2011 (#)

Very good guidance for the application of hot and cold packs.

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you very much dear friend.

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author avatar Carol Kinsman
8th Aug 2011 (#)

This is valuable information about hot and cold packs. I injured my back a few days ago and I think it's time to start using the hot and cold packs. Thank you, brother vpaulose.

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author avatar vpaulose
9th Aug 2011 (#)

Glad that my writing has helped you. Thank you very much my dear sister Carol.

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author avatar Retired
12th Aug 2011 (#)

Very informative and good advice...thanks for sharing....

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author avatar vpaulose
13th Aug 2011 (#)

Thank you dear sister.

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