We all experience aches and pains. Maybe you’ve been pushing yourself too hard and your muscles feel like achy sandbags. Maybe you’ve banged a knee or an elbow into something and are still feeling it smart. Or maybe you made one wrong move and twisted something, so that putting pressure on it is just the worst.
You have several options to tackle these pains. Elevation and aspirin are great, but you can also calm swelling by changing up the temperature.
The question is, do you go hot or cold?
Both have their benefits, but it’s important to know when to use which option, because heat and cold have different effects on your body. Using them at the right times can make all the difference when recovering.
Heat is great for increasing circulation and relaxing muscle tissue (whether it’s on the outside or the inside), but cold is great for stopping swelling and reducing pain. So, how do you know when to use which one?
Luckily for you, we’re here to tell you!
This handy guide will let you know when to break out the ice pack and when to use the heating pad. It’ll also show you when it’s a good idea to combine both for all your bumps, bruises, twists, and sprains to help you feel better and get back on your feet in no time.