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ryan45

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What is heat and cold therapy?
« on: December 18, 2008, 01:42:32 AM »

Hey friends can someone tell me what is heat and cold therapy. My father is suffering from a severe back pain and is really very depressed due to that. Someone told me to give him the heat and cold therapy which will help him in getting recovered soon from this problem of back pain. I really donít know what is it and how does it work so please give me your suggestions on it.

Steve Lockhart

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Re: What is heat and cold therapy?
« Reply #1 on: December 18, 2008, 03:01:15 AM »
Hi Ryan, heat and cold is alternated to the muscles in spasm. First put heat on for 5 minutes then replace it with cold for 5 minutes then heat again then cold etc. It helps to train the muscle to work properly again and release the spasm.

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georgewillson

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Re: What is heat and cold therapy?
« Reply #2 on: December 18, 2008, 11:14:04 PM »
The heat and cold therapy is used in the cases of back pain problem. I came across this therapy last year when my uncle was recommended for it. We gathered a lot of details from a website for back pain treatment where we found the complete and detailed information about heat and cold therapy as follows.
 
'If you have diabetes or have problems with your circulation, be sure to check with your doctor before administering heat or cold therapy.

Heat therapy is used to increase blood flow to the muscles. Heat therapy is usually used for chronic pain. Increasing the blood flow in turn increases the oxygen and helps your body to heal. In addition, your muscles will relax and stiff joints will bend more easily. There are many ways to apply heat therapy to your daily routine. A hot bath or a heating pad are simple way to use heat therapy. You can also try buying products specifically designed for heat therapy. Your local medical or nutrition center should have a variety of products to choose from.

Cold therapy is usually used for acute pain. Whereas heat therapy increases the blood flow, cold therapy does the opposite, it decreases the blood flow. Decreasing the blood flow is mainly used to reduce swelling.

Heat and cold therapy is a natural way to treat your pain. Just be careful that you donít use items that are too hot or too cold.'

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« Last Edit: December 21, 2008, 01:13:52 PM by Steve Lockhart »

georgewillson

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Re: What is heat and cold therapy?
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2010, 02:56:25 AM »
Hi Ryan, heat and cold is alternated to the muscles in spasm. First put heat on for 5 minutes then replace it with cold for 5 minutes then heat again then cold etc. It helps to train the muscle to work properly again and release the spasm.

I am totally agree with Steve Lockhart

« Last Edit: July 22, 2010, 03:09:38 AM by Steve Lockhart »

axine123

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Re: What is heat and cold therapy?
« Reply #4 on: February 06, 2011, 05:43:10 AM »
It is therapy in which spasm is treated, it is done alternatively, first that part of muscle is kept heated and after that that part is kept cold for same interval of time.This is repeated for some times. this is called heat and cold therapy.
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« Last Edit: February 06, 2011, 07:57:18 AM by Steve Lockhart »

OldMan

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Re: What is heat and cold therapy?
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2011, 11:10:16 AM »
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Hey friends can someone tell me what is heat and cold therapy. My father is suffering from a severe back pain and is really very depressed due to that. Someone told me to give him the heat and cold therapy which will help him in getting recovered soon from this problem of back pain. I really donít know what is it and how does it work so please give me your suggestions on it.
Hi Ryan-

I can probably relate to some of what your father has gone through.  I did a little bit of hot/cold therapy.  For me, it just helped during the therapy, which was nice to get some temporary relief.  However, it didn't seem to do much long term.  Different people respond differently though.

 

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