An active life can lead to injuries. When you play hard you are bound to hurt yourself. Sometimes ice is what you need, and other times heat is better. Both methods manipulate blood flow to the injured area and are beneficial in reducing pain as well as speeding the healing process. Heat increases circulation which boosts the supply of oxygen to the area and accelerates the removal of waste products. Ice restricts blood flow which reduces inflammation and numbs pain. To ice or to heat? That is the question.
To learn the answer, read more.
|Apply ice no longer than 20 minutes:||Apply heat no longer than 20 minutes:|
Fit's Tips: If the injury hasn't improved or gets worse after 48 hours make an appointment to see your doctor.