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Compresses – whether hot or cold – are a convenient and easy way to apply heat or cold therapies to relieve pain from soft tissue injuries or other joint damage.
In some cases, injuries can best be treated by alternately applying cold & hot compresses in order to gain the benefits of both.
In this post, we will summarize the therapeutic benefits of hot and cold compresses. We will then discuss the occasions on which the use of each (or both) is optimal.
Using a cold compress (or ice bag) has the effect of slowing the rate of blood flow to the injured area. This is important in slowing the build up of inflammation. It also helps to reduce any swelling (and consequent tissue damage) that may be present.
Cold compresses also help to numb the pain of the injury by “crowding out” the pain messages being sent to the brain. They are therefore also effective for “pain relief”.
As a result, cold compresses are indicated for acute injuries, particularly when internal or external bleeding may be a factor. They are most effective when used in the early stages of treatment – i.e. within the first 48 hours after the injury is incurred.
When applying a cold compress, always remember to wrap it in a cold towel or other insulating material first. Never apply the compress directly against your skin as it may cause skin damage.
These compresses are usually most effective when treating:
Avoid using cold compresses if:
In most cases, you should apply a cold compress for periods of around 15 minutes and at intervals of 2-3 hours. You should continue until pain, swelling and inflammation have gone altogether or at least reduced significantly.
Hot compresses help to dilate your blood vessels near the site of the injury. This in turn will promote blood flow through the area. In addition, hot compresses help sore and tight muscles to relax.
One effect of the improved blood circulation is a more rapid removal of waste materials like lactic acid from sore muscles. This will help to rejuvenate those muscles faster.
Patients usually report better results from the use of hot compresses (rather than cold) to treat arthritic pain.
As with cold compresses, avoid applying hot compresses directly to the skin. Instead, wrap them in a towel (preferably a damp one) first. Applying a hot compress directly to the skin may cause tissue damage.
Hot compresses are particularly effective when:
Osteoarthritis is a case of an injury in which both hot and cold compress use is indicated. The former will help to reduce arthritic pain while the latter will ease inflammation.
Avoid using a hot compress if:
Contrary to the use of a cold compress, you should apply a hot compress until the pain has reduced significantly.
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