When to use Hot and when to use Cold

Man With Pain In Shoulder. Pain In The Human Body

I am often asked when a hot or cold application should be used for either injuries or other conditions. When an injury is acute or recent, such as 1-7 days, then cold should be applied to help reduce the swelling in muscle or joint areas. Cold should never be applied directly on bony areas or on compromised skin tissue. The cold pack can be applied for 15 minutes and then taken off for 30 minutes, to allow the body area to naturally reheat itself. Continue reading “When to use Hot and when to use Cold”