Heat / cold gel packs
We treat everything with heat or cold gel packs. Whether it's arthritis, strained muscles, or inflammation, treating hot and cold pain can be very effective for a number of different conditions and injuries. It is difficult to know which situations are warm and which are cold. Sometimes a single treatment even includes both.
As a general rule of thumb , use ice for acute injuries or pain, or for inflammation and swelling. Use heat for muscle pain or stiffness.
The heat therapy works by improving circulation and blood flow to a specific area due to the elevated temperature. Raising the temperature of the affected area can even slightly ease the discomfort and increase muscle flexibility . Heat therapy can relax and calm muscles and heal damaged tissue. Always be careful with heat and make sure that the treatment is done with a warm gel pack and not with a hot one.
When applying heat therapy you can choose local, regional or whole body treatments. Topical therapy is best for treating one sore muscle, for example. You can use small heated gel packs or a hot water bottle if you only want to treat an injury locally. Minor stiffness or tension can often be relieved with just 15 to 20 minutes of heat therapy. Moderate to severe pain may benefit from longer heat therapy sessions, such as a warm bath, lasting between 30 minutes and two hours.
It works by decreasing blood flow to a certain area, which can significantly reduce inflammation and swelling that causes pain, especially around a joint or tendon. It can temporarily reduce nerve activity, which can also relieve pain.
For the treatment at home, apply a cold gel pack in a towel to the affected area. You should never apply a frozen object directly to the skin, as this can cause damage to the skin and tissues. Apply a cold treatment as soon as possible after an injury. Use the cold therapy for short periods, several times a day. Ten to 15 minutes is fine , and no more than 20 minutes of cold therapy should be used at the same time to avoid nerve, tissue, and skin damage.