Relieve Pain With Hot and Cold Packs

Relieve Pain With Hot and Cold Packs

You don’t have to be a senior citizen to know about using hot and cold packs to relieve pain. I can remember my mother using both on me when I was a child. And, I am 74 years old today with 4 children and 6 grandchildren.

I bet you can surmise I used the same treatment methods for my kids as my mom did on me. Sometimes they worked sometimes they didn’t. Obviously the aches and pains source was the primary determinant in what or would not
work.

A broken leg or arm for example are not candidates for either a hot or cold pack. They are candidates for a visit to the ER or nearest Urgent Care Center. They should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible.

I have lower back pain. My chiropractor gave me this advice. He said apply a hot pack for 15 minutes, change to a cold pack for 15 minutes and then walk for 15 minutes. This has worked for me every time the pain resurfaces.

My Pain Relief Advice

Keep in mind I am not saying it will work for you. I am saying of all the hot and cold packs to relieve pain this one worked for me. My hot pack consisted of a hot water bottle. My cold pack consisted of a plastic bag full of ice.

Please note I didn’t rush to the pharmacy or big box store to buy an over the counter product. I used what I had in the house.

You can follow my lead. My sore muscles and joints don’t care where the relief came from. I’ve even used frozen vegetables as a cold source. If it works, I’ll use it.

Cold reduces inflammation by constricting blood flow to the injured area. Heat does the opposite. Obviously using hot or cold packs to excess can reduce the effectiveness of hot and cold packs to relieve pain. The old saying, too much of a good thing is still too much, certainly applies in pain relief.

Relieve Pain With Ice and Heat

Common sense coupled with the aches or pain will tell you what is working and what isn’t working. Pay attention to your body. It wants relief and is definitely speaking to you. Listen.

Hot and cold packs to relieve pain are only one method to relieve pain. Prescription drugs, gels, balms, ointments, and other such palliative pain relievers may be the answer. Only you know which works best for your particular pain.



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