Heating vs. Icing
Especially during this time of year when there’s slipping on the ice, sports injury, and stress and tension – muscle injury is as common as ever. Many of us question the best way to ease our pain at home: heat or ice? Ice causes narrowing of blood vessels and decreases the swelling that can occur after injury. Ice also has a calming (or numbing) effect on the nerves, whichdecreases the amount of pain you feel. Heat has the opposite effect. Heat stimulates blood flow to the area which helps any lactic acid build up from the muscle and promotes relaxation while decrease tightness. When the injury occurs, you always want to use ice first after the onset of the injury. Listen here as Physical Therapist Dominic Turner explains when to use heat, when to use ice, and when you should see a healthcare provider.