ICE or HEAT: Which Treatment to Choose
Ice Or Heat
Whats Your Choice Of Treatment?
Ever had any doubts regarding application of ice or heat in case of acute pain?
We hear this question very often as to howto choose ice vs heat as a choice of treatment. Well, remember ice is for fresh injuries & heat is for stiff, chronic aching muscles.
Acute injuries cause the soft tissues to inflame, turn red, hot & swollen. Icing is mostly a mild, drugless way of dulling the pain & inflammation. On the other hand, chronic pains usually involve a lot of tension in the muscles & soft tissues.Comfortable bearable heat will likely soothe these tensed muscles.
More importantly remember-WHAT ICE & HEAT ARE NOT FOR
Both ice & heat are pointless when not needed. Heat can make acute inflammation significantly worse & ice can aggravate symptoms of tightness & stiffness. In fact it can also make any pain worse when its unwanted.So, if you add heat to a fresh injury, watch out: its going to get worse. Instead apply ice & CHILL !