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If you are injured ice or heat can help you to recover although the research evidence on the subject is not conclusive.
The best thing to do is to follow two simple rules:
There are various ways of applying cold or heat – using all sorts of gadgets you can buy in the chemist or simply a bag of peas or a hot bath. They all do the same thing – they reduce or increase the surface temperature of your skin and the structures immediately below them. This affects circulation and therefore inflammation. They also provide sensory input which can reduce pain.
Make sure you don’t get carried away or fall asleep with a cold or hot pack in place or you will get burnt. Wrap whatever you are using in cloth and make sure you check the skin regularly.
If you have swelling or pain in a specific body area, then it is a sign that you have sustained an injury and need to get it checked out as soon as possible. Get in touch with Lucy and her physio team now.
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