Hot and cold therapy is the practise of applying objects that are hotter or colder than the temperature of the body to encourage healing and recovery. When the body suffers trauma the body's natural response is that of swelling and inflamation.
Hot therapy involves items that radiate heath whether that be through the use of hot water bottles, heat pads or warm soaks. Hot therapy can be used to treat a range of different injuries such as:
Sprains and Strains
Tendonitis or Chronic irritation
Stiffness in the tendons
Warming up stiff muscles or tissue
Relieving pain or spasms relating to neck or back injury
Cold therapy involves the cooling of the skin and muscles to reduce inflamation and swelling by reducing bloodflow. It also numbs sore tissues, acting as a local anesthetic, and slows down the pain messages being transmitted to the brain. This can be done using a cold compresses such as an ice pack or immersion into cold water. Cold Therapy can be used to treat a number of injuries such as: