Knowing the difference between hot and cold remedies for injury and pain is a must. You could end up making it worse if you get it wrong. Read up now and avoid confusion.

When it comes to pain and injuries, we tend to reach for heat pads or ice packs. Knowing what is best can be confusing. After today, you will be left in no doubt!

Whether you’re headed to the hospital or you have aching joints, you’ll want to pay attention to these tips and guides.

via Covetdance

This graphic from Covet Dance shows you how different temperatures affect your body. Applying heat opens up blood vessels which causes muscles to relax and increase your range of motion. Cold, on the other hand, slows down your blood flow, which can slow down swelling, and numb the pain.

Now you can see why it makes sense to use ice after an injury, but using it to treat a tension headache would probably cause the headache to get worse by tightening up blood vessels. Interestingly the graphic above says, when in doubt use ice!

via Cleveland Clinic 

This info graphic from Cleveland Clinic recommends hot or cold treatments for specific types of pain. It can be a handy guide to have nearby when you or someone you’re with is in pain. It also has some great tips worth noting.

Treating injuries less than 6 weeks old requires ice while treating chronic pain from arthritis or injuries older than 6 weeks requires heat. This is because using heat on an older injury will speed up healing time by increasing blood flow to the area. It will also limber up the area so you can move more.

via Pro Healthcare Products

This infographic on hot vs cold therapy has some interesting stats and facts that are important to know. It points out that using cold therapy with compression can decrease your pain by up to 64%.

That’s a huge deal when you’re really hurting. It also points out some great suggestion for people needing physical therapy after an injury, and how hot and cold therapies can both be used.

via The Indian Spot

Here are some more great guidelines and suggestions for using both therapies. Keep in mind that new injuries should always be treated with ice!

via amazon

You can also use a wheat bag or hot water bottle to ease period pain and tummy cramps. If you are suffering jaw pain, ice is best.

via HealthySetGo

This quick guide sums up what the other guides above have told us. It also has some great tips that you should always keep in mind when icing an injury, or treating pain with heat:

  • Use any sort of temperature therapy for no longer than 20-minute intervals, with a 20-minute break in-between.
  • If you have low circulation in that area or are numb because of an injury, be extra sure to keep track of time so you don’t burn your skin.
  • If you are using a heating blanket, ALWAYS turn it off before falling asleep to avoid overheating in your sleep.
  • Once again, new injuries are best treated with ice, while older injuries and chronic pain are best treated with heat.

via Physio Answers

Now that you have learned what should be used when, it’s time to look at some ways that you can easily make your own treatments at home. This tip is from a Physio site and suggests that you use 1 part rubbing alcohol to 3 parts water.

This makes it get really cold but not hard enough that you can no longer manipulate it. This would be perfect for sprains.

via Buzzfeed 

Another easy tip is to freeze a saturated sponge in a bag. This will result in an icepack that won’t drip when it melts. You could also use this for your Esky to keep food and drinks cold.

Ice Vs Heat Video Tutorial

We have included this video from Goodful that gives you an excellent explanation of how to use ice and heat and how to get it right. We highly recommend that you view.

Click Play above to watch now ^

As an Amazon Associate we earn from qualifying purchases.
Privacy policy  ·  Cookie policy.

Must Try Tinnitus Home Remedy

Recently a Tinnitus Cure was posted online and it has gone viral around the world with many saying it worked for them. Today we are sharing the video tutorial that you can follow to see if it might work for you. What do you have to lose? Only your Tinnitus! Worst-case scenario, it may give you some much-needed instant albeit temporary relief. Find out how now.

Miracle DIY Immune-Boosting All Natural Remedy

Imagine having an all-natural remedy that knocked off infection without a trace! This Tonic is a legendary recipe that is so powerful it will be your new secret weapon! Once made, keep it in the fridge and swig it whenever needed! It is the ultimate non toxic, all-natural antibiotic and you will wonder how you ever got by without it! Get the details now.

Find Out Your Zodiac Signs Hidden Addiction

Your Zodiac sign can reveal a lot about your personality including hidden addictions. Our post shares the secret addiction of each star sign and you'll be amazed how accurate it is. Find out if yours is true of you now.

Dr. Bergs Healthiest Bread In The World Recipe

If you love your bread, you won't be able to wait to try this healthiest bread in the world recipe from the famous Dr. Eric Berg. This recipe has gone viral and it's Gluten Free and Flour Free and tastes great. Get the details now and watch the quick video tutorial while you're here.

Cleansing Liver Detox Turmeric Tea Recipe

If your liver is not working to capacity, you will be sluggish and find it impossible to lose weight. This Turmeric Detox Tea will get everything moving and assist with flushing out nasty toxins. It's also brilliant for boosting your immune system and assisting your thyroid. We have a video tutorial plus 50 health benefits of Turmeric you likely don't know.

How To Deal With Stress Without Meds

Stress is not just a problem, it is estimated 90% of Doctors visits are linked to it. Today we share 25 healthy ways to beat it without medication. We also have a stress drink and amazing 5-second trick you can do when you feel an attack coming on. Don't miss this informative post.

Are You A Leftie Or A Rightie? Find Out Now

Are you a creative or analytic? It has everything to do with whether you use your left or right brain. Find out the personality traits for both and then take the fun quiz to see if you're a lefty or a righty and what that means for you.

Dissolve Mucus With This Amazing Juice

This is the famous Lemon Ginger Blast Recipe that will be your new secret weapon against disease. A daily dose destroys inflammation, acidity, free radicals, poor circulation, and the anti-oxidant properties make it anti-aging. We take it daily and can't believe the difference. It melts the kilo's too. Get the recipe now.

Your Body Shape Is Not What You Think!

Most women think they are an hourglass and they are not. Once you learn your TRUE SHAPE you can start to lose weight. Today we share with you a chart that has all the body characteristics and 12 body shape types to compare yours with. This is excellent information that is a true game-changer.

Lose 10 Pounds In 1 Week With Cabbage Soup

We lost 8 kilos using this wonder soup and you will too. If you find diets hard to follow, this is for you. Eat as much of this soup as you want and detox your body in the process. It's perfect if you have a special event coming up or need to lose weight for surgery. In one weeks time you will can be viewing a much slimmer you and we share reviews with you too.

13 Health Secrets Your Fingernails Tell You

Our fingernails give us vital clues about our health. Today we are sharing an infographic and video that give you 13 health issues that your nails are warning you about. This is great information you won't want to miss. Find out what's normal and what's not!

How To Save 335 Calories Every Single Day

Imagine being able to save 335 calories every single day? Sound too good to be true? It's not! Today we share with you the secret to dropping sugar in ways that are super easy to adopt. This information is invaluable and life-changing.