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Hot & Cold Therapy

Hot and cold therapy is an effective way to treat injuries on the track, field, at the office, home or school and is often used by physiotherapists in the treatment of sports injuries. Ice therapy is one of the most commonly used methods in the care of sports injuries including knocks and grazes. Similarly heat treatment is also used to ease aches, pain and stiffness.

Ice therapy can take the form of reusable ice packs, ice wraps, ice bags and advanced ice therapy treatments known as cryotherapy, where products such as the Aircast Cryo Cuff and Donjoy Arctic Flow Wrap can be used to provide hours of continuous ice therapy. Ice therapy in its various forms is a non-evasive and drug free way to relieve pain and help to reduce joint swelling.

Ice therapy is a great treatment for a sprained ankle, strained muscle, knocks or falls, and for pain following surgery. In circumstances where there is no freezer access or ice cubes, then instant ice packs are vital for the acute treatment of sprains, strains and bruises. Cold sprays such as freeze spray are also effective for pain relief of sports injuries when there are no other forms of ice therapy available.

Hot packs are available as heat packs, which are instant hot compresses and reusable gel packs that can be warmed up in the microwave to provide therapeutic heat for painful conditions such as lower back pain, healing muscle injuries, joint stiffness and arthritis. Heat therapy works by relieving pain, reducing muscle spasms and improving circulation to the injured area.

Cold Compress vs Heat Packs

Just about everyone knows that both heat and cold can help treat sports injuries, but a lot of people don't know specifically when it's appropriate to use a cold compress treatment or a heat pack to treat a problem.

Different type of injury requires different type of treatment, but it can be confusing to know which treatment - whether it's an ice pack or a heat pack- its appropriate to which type of injury. Here, we will explain when to use different types of hot and cold treatments on certain injuries and conditions to minimise the pain.

Buyer's Guide - Hot and Cold Therapy

Injuries, however serious, are never nice to deal with and many don't fully understand how to treat them, which can cause delays in recovery period. Whether you've bang your head or pulled up feeling the back of your leg, difference injuries require different types of therapy, combined with periods of rest and recuperation, and hot and cold treatment is one of the most effective but infrequently used recovery methods.

Nobody likes having to ice their injuries, and even though ice baths has become popular forms of recovery for professional and amateur athletes, there is still some resistance to this choice of therapy, but it does have healing power.

Deep Heat vs Deep Freeze

Whenever we sustain an injury it's natural to want to go back out doing the things you love as quickly as possible. Whether it's muscle strain sustained playing football, a broken finger diving for a catch while playing cricket or ligament damage as a result of hyperextending your knee landing a move during gymnastics competitions; we all want to get the injury treated and to see it heal as quickly as possible.

For many of us, that involves hot and cold therapy in the form of either Deep Heat or Deep Freeze products.

They have become the go-to products for impact injuries.

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