Heat therapy vs. Cold therapy

Accidents happen. No matter how cautious you are in your daily routine, it’s unlikely that you’ll never be faced with an injury from a trip or a fall or simply just “over-doing” some lifting or exercise.

 

Of course you should always consider proper medical attention if the injury is serious but if you decide to deal with it at home, a simple application of heat or cold can help to alleviate the symptoms and promote well-being and recovery.  It’s just important to remember when to use thermotherapy (heat) and when to use cryotherapy (cold).

 

Applying something cold to any part of the body reduces the blood flow to that area by constricting blood vessels and therefore reduces swelling and inflammation. This helps to

numb the area and so any tenderness and pain signals being sent to the brain tend to be reduced.

 

Cryotherapy is effective for conditions such as muscle strains, headaches, tendinitis and a variety of sporting injuries.  There are many types of cold compresses available to purchase or you can make a simple ice-pack out of something in the freezer. But it’s best not to apply anything (cold or hot) straight onto the skin so make sure there’s a layer of fabric between your body and the cold source.

 

Thermotherapy is also a very effective way of easing symptoms of pain and discomfort, but it  has an added ingredient - the psychological comfort of WARMTH. Hotteeze Heat Pads are such a convenient way of applying heat to any part of the body, wherever you are. You don’t need access to a bath tub, or a microwave or even an electrical outlet.

 

Simply tear off the wrapping to expose the heat pad to oxygen and it will generate warmth for up to 14 hours!  One side of the heat pad is self-adhering so you can easily attach it to clothing and keep it one layer away from your skin.

 

Generally speaking, thermotherapy does the opposite of cold treatment because it opens up blood vessels and therefore increases the blood supply to that local area.  This helps the affected muscles relax and heal and can reduce the build up of lactic acid waste often caused by exercise.

 

It’s particularly effective in the healing stage of an injury or in the long-term management of symptoms caused by a chronic condition such as arthritis.

 

And of course Hotteeze Heat Pads are ideal for helping with menstrual cramps, when the added psychological advantage of a constant, gentle heat source encourages your muscles to relax and brings speedy relief.

 

As long as you have ice in the freezer and a pack of Hotteeze in the drawer you’ll be able to deal with all kinds of disruptive aches and pains. 

 

Stay healthy and pain-free!