The use of hot and cold compresses to relieve pain

hot cold compressThere are many ways to achieve successful pain management. Hot and cold compresses are among the best therapy methods preferred by many specialists and physicians. They are particularly used to treat acute pain, and it has also been demonstrated to relieve muscle aches and tension in muscles.

Warm compresses cause the widening of the blood vessels, which in turn increases blood flow in that area. Also using warm compresses bring out heat to the surface, encouraging the muscles to relax. The contrast of the cold compress makes the blood vessels on the surface to contract, causing the blood to deviate from the congested and inflamed tissues, thus helping relieve and control swelling. This blood carries waste products and is replaced by fresh oxygenated blood that is full of nutrients that help to accelerate the healing process. It also has an analgesic effect and helps to reduce the inflammation.

When applying hot or cold compresses you will need two small towels (when are bent 2 or 3 times have to be large enough to cover the area of the pain), use two containers, hot and cold water.

Fill a container with warn water (tap water can be used), it must be warm almost hot, then and fill a bowl with cold water once more of the key. If you are using essential oils, add 4-6 drops in the bowl of hot water. Soak a towel in hot water, and squeeze out the excess. Fold the towel perfectly to make a towel and place in the affected area for about three minutes. In the meantime, prepare the cold compress in a similar way with cold water. As soon as you remove the heat pack, replace it with the cold for a minute. Then repeat the sequence - three minutes, in hot, cold one minute, three minutes hot, one-minute cold - about 20 minutes or even longer if the pain is acute. It is important always finish with a cold compress, especially in areas where there may be inflammation. It should be noted that this method can be replaced by using hot and cold packs.

You can use compresses of hot and cold water separately. Warm Compresses are good for back pain, rheumatism, menstrual cramps, arthritis, earache and toothache, and the cold compresses are good for headaches, tension in the neck, insect bites, kinks, gout, and tensions.

Applying this method of therapy will help sooth the pain in a natural and non-invasive way. But please keep in mind that if your pain persists despite using this method you should consult with your doctor.

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