Hot and Cold therapy is a recognized medical treatment for everyday minor injuries. It provides relief from sprains, strains, and common muscle pains. It also provides comfort and relief instantly for anyone suffering from arthritis, toothaches, back pain, migraines, sinus pressure, nose bleeds, minor cuts, injuries and surgeries. Hot and Cold Therapy helps to relieve pain of headaches, minor burns, tense muscles, stiff joints, bumps and soreness of bruises. Most doctors will recommend to start with ice to reduce swelling and bruising, then switch to heat for penetrating pain relief.
Cold therapy will reduce inflammation and swelling. Cold therapy is also recommended for refreshing a tired complexion, softening wrinkles and pours, and diminishing Rosacea and redness. Ice therapy is one of the most common recommendations by doctors for injury prevention & recovery. Applying ice immediately after an injury or physical trauma (the sooner the better) constricts blood flow & slows bleeding/swelling. Ice therapy reduces pain & muscle spasm. You want to ice during the first 24 hours following an injury.
Heat therapy is recommended to increase blood flow to the area, relaxing muscles & bringing nutrients and promotes healing. Heat should be introduced at least 24 hours after an injury, once swelling/bleeding has subsided. Since heat stimulates blood flow, it will actually worsen any swelling or bleeding if applied too soon.