At Dr. Walter E. Mendoza Chiropractor P.C. in Freeport, we offer a wide range of treatments for pain and injuries. In addition to chiropractic adjustments and other therapies, hot and cold therapy can be useful both in and out of our office.
What is Hot and Cold Therapy?
Heat therapy involves using heat as a treatment for pain or injury. Cold therapy, also known as cryotherapy, uses ice or a cold pack to treat the affected area. In most cases, alternating hot and cold treatments can provide the best results. This is known as hot and cold therapy.
Heat therapy can relieve pain and increase blood flow. It also encourages healing and can reduce inflammation and relax tight or injured muscles. Heat therapy can be administered as either dry or moist heat. Moist heat can be provided by taking a hot bath, using a moist heating pad, or applying a warm towel. This is considered slightly more effective than dry heat.
Cold therapy reduces blood flow to the area by lowering the temperature of the skin and surrounding tissues. This is very effective for reducing inflammation or swelling and can also numb the area, thereby reducing pain. Cold therapy can be administered using ice packs, cold packs, ice baths, or cooling sprays.
Conditions that Can Be Treated with Hot and Cold Therapy
Hot and cold therapy is ideal for certain types of pain and conditions. These include arthritis, strains, sprains, tendonitis, back pain, neck pain, exercise injuries, and headaches.
When Heat Shouldn’t Be Used
Avoid using heat if the area is already hot to the touch or if you have severe inflammation. You should also avoid this treatment if you have an open wound, neuropathy, or numbness. Similarly, avoid using cold therapy if you are already cold, have an open wound, or are experiencing cramping or muscle spasms.
Contact Dr. Walter E. Mendoza Chiropractor P.C.
If you are experiencing pain, you may find some relief with hot and cold compression. If you need pain relief in Freeport, please contact Dr. Walter E. Mendoza Chiropractor P.C. at (516) 213-4610.