Combine Heat and Cold Therapy For Ongoing Injuries
Cold therapy is commonly used to treat acute injuries in the first 3 – 5 days. Once an injury last longer that this period it is often a good idea to alternate hot and cold therapy to improve the pain relief treatment and recovery period.
When heat therapy is used the muscles expand and when cold therapy is used the muscles contract. For more prolonged injuries this method of combining treatments can be used to help treat muscle tears, ongoing injuries and chronic pains.
During heat therapy, the blood vessels open up, increasing circulation and oxygen flow to the injured area. During cold therapy, the blood vessels decrease in size, reducing circulation and oxygen flow which helps to reduces inflammation around the injured area.
To summarise, hot and cold therapy work cohesively to help you recovery faster. Alternate between the temperature treatments methods to maximise recovery. To easily switch from heat therapy to cold therapy, keep one of our Reusable Gel Packs in the freezer and keep one at room temperature which can easily be put in the microwave. When using frozen ice packs it is often a good idea to encase the ice pack in a protective cover to prevent freeze burn to the skin. Our Hot and Cold Pack Covers are available in 2 sizes as low as £2.85 for a pack of 20.
High quality internal gel can be reheated and frozen repeatedly
Ideal for soft tissue injuries (cold) or ongoing chronic injuries (hot)