Saturday, March 8, 2014

Sports Injury, should I use hot or cold therapy?

We keep getting asked what should I use for a sports injury,hot or cold therapy?
The simple answer is:


If the injury is a swelling use cold.
Cold therapy is the best immediate treatment for acute injuries because it reduces swelling and pain. Ice is a vaso-constrictor (it causes the blood vessels to narrow) and it limits internal bleeding at the injury site.
Sports Therapy heating pad


If it is an old injury aches and pains use hot/warm

here is our number one heating pad that can be use hot or cold

Heat is generally used for chronic injuries or injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Sore, stiff, nagging muscle or joint pain is ideal for the use of heat therapy. Athletes with chronic pain or injuries may use heat therapy before exercise to increase the elasticity of joint connective tissues and to stimulate blood flow. Heat can also help relax tight muscles or muscle spasms.

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