STEP 3: HEAT & COLD THERAPY FOR BACK PAIN RELIEF
WHAT A RELIEF! Hot Therapy and Cold Therapy can be used to manage pain. Here is an easy to follow guide to help you understand the what, how, when and why of hot and cold therapy.
|WHAT IS IT?||Heat increases blood flow to the affected area providing oxygen & nutrients to aid the healing process and help restore movement.|
|When cooling is applied it causes blood vessels to constrict. This can help minimise damage and thereby reduce the amount of repair required.|
|HOW DO I APPLY?||Heat should be applied to the affected area where pain is felt to provide fast, targeted relief.|
|Cooling should be applied to the affected areas immediately after injury when pain is felt. Treatment should continue until all swelling has subsided (can take up to 72 hours).|
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