We’ve all been there when you’ve pushed yourself up to a point of total exhaustion. You sit all day at work, you run every day, you’ve twisted your ankle, you’ve hit your toe on something, these are all situations every one of us faces or has faces and it’s not easy.
There are several ways to ease your pain. Taking medication is a good choice, but it’s not the safest in the long run. There are studies that showed that changing the temperature can soothe pain.
Both hot and cold, have their own good and bad properties. It’s important to know which option to use in certain situations.
Your body will react differently under different temperatures and both of them can be used for injuries.
Heat is known to increase circulation and relax the muscles. Cold is used for reducing pain and stopping swelling.
Here’s the ultimate guide if you ever considered using hot temperature or cold temperature.
Uses of cold temperature:
Gout can cause a lot of pain because it’s an inflammation in the joint area. It causes pain because of its acid buildup. The cold soothes this condition because it acts against the swelling and inflammation.
This is a condition of irritation of the tendon muscle after exercising. Most common pain is felt in heels, knee, wrist, elbows and shoulders. Because of its inflammation, ice can acts against it. Also, it will relieve your pain.
Sprains, Before Swelling Occurs
Cold temperatures are recommendable for newly acquired injuries. Helps with swelling and numbs the pain.
Cold temperature is great at easing headaches and helps with regulation dizziness.
Uses of hot temperature:
Pain in the Joints
Hot temperature can help soothe arthritis pains and help relieve tender or stiff joints. Take a washcloth, soak it in water. First, measure the temperature to the point you can stand it without hurting yourself. Press it on the stiff joint so that it will ease your pain.
Sprains, After Swelling Reduces
After the swelling goes away on the sprain put some heat on it. That way the heat will loosen up those tight muscles after the injury.
This is a chronic irritable condition of the tendons in the joint area. Heat will help relieve pain in the tendons and relax the muscles. In case of swelling, try applying cold and immediately after apply heat so that it reduces down the swelling.
Heat can be useful in relieving muscle spasms. Warmth can relax the muscles and prevent them from further tightening.