ICE, HEAT or Nothing on Yor Muscle Pain?

Massage can definately help relase your muscle pain and it is very important for you to know what to do as a first step so you can heal faster!

Roughly speaking Ice is for fresh injuries, and Heat is for stiff, aching muscles. . But there is always exception.

Let’s figure out your case and solutions!

ICE (COLD THERAPY)

Ice should be used Right after Injury or activity that aggrevates a chronic condition. They might occur with sports, slips an falls or lifting.

  • Fresh injuries
  • Twisted ankles
  • Pulled muscle
  • Inflamation
  • Red
  • Hot
  • Swollen
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Bumps
  • Sprains
  • Strains

HELPFUL TIP 

  1. Use thin towel to cover Ice (Not on direct skin).
  2. Apply Ice for 15 minutes and remove for 45 minute ( Repeat this untill you feel less pain).
  3. When you apply Ice check the skin every 5 minutes.

HEAT (HEAT THERAPY)

Heat is a great way to Help loosing up tight joints and tight muscles.

It is better to wait 48 -72 hours before considering heat therapy.

  • Chronic pain (Long term pain especially back pain)
  • Stiffness
  • Stress (Anxiety)
  • Tension

HELPFUL TIP

  1. Use thin towel to cover Heat (Not on direct skin).
  2. Apply Ice for 15 minutes and remove for 45 minute ( Repeat this untill you feel less pain).
  3. Do Not lie on a hot pack to avoid  falling asleep and potentially burning yoursef.
  4. Do Not use heat if you have no feeling in the affected part.
  5. Do Not use heat if you have poor circulation such as diabetes.

Not Useful to put Ice nor Heat.

  • Cut (No Ice nor Heat)
  • Sweating (No Heat)
  • Shivering (No Ice)
  • Brushing (No Heat)

This infomation and advice is from Misa Oku Massage therapist for you to have general idea what to do for your case. Please consult with your doctor if its necessary .

 

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