Should I apply heat or ice?

 

By Laurelle Caristo

HEAT

Ice

Promotes muscles relax and increases blood flow Calms down damaged tissue, inflammation and slows blood flow to injury
Loosens up tight muscles and reduces stiffness and chronic muscle tension Decreases swelling and reduces pain
Always use for 48-72 hours after injury. Do not apply directly to skin. Use 10 min on 20 min off. Use ICE following injury. If movement causes pain, use ice
Never use on area of swelling. If in doubt use ice. Do not apply directly onto skin. Use 10 min on and 20 min off.

 

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