Hot or cold?
by James Iwanoff, D.C.
When you get a sports injury or other related muscle strain, the question always is, should you use heat or ice? Once you know why each form of treatment is effective, it is simple to decide which to use.
By narrowing blood vessels, cold decreases swelling that occurs around the area shortly after an injury. Ice also reduces pain. Why ice an injury? (1) To decrease tissue damage and healing time; (2) to reduce inflammation; (3) to ...
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