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Heat it or Ice it?

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   Recently, We’ve had a few patients inquire about heating versus icing of injuries. We wanted to take a moment to share a good article we found that really breaks it down.

   In a nut shell; there is a difference between an acute injury, and a chronic injury. Understanding the differnce between the two will help to ensure whether heat or ice is appropriate for your injury. An acute injury is one that comes on suddenly and has an obvious reason for pain. It is usually visibly swollen and bruised. A chronic injury, however, can be slow to develop and more subtle in pain. It is harder to recognize what the pain is caused by in a chronic situation, and may be from over-use and usually feels more like stiffness or soreness.

   In cold therapy, using ice is the best treatment for acute injuries as it reduces swelling and pain. Icing a chronic injury, like knee pain, as a lot of athletes do after running, can be used to treat with ice as well.

   Heat therapy is generally used for chronic injuries; injuries that have no inflammation or swelling. Muscle stiffness, soreness or nagging is ideal for heat therapy. You use heat before exercise to increase circulation and loosen up the muscles, then ice afterward for best results. 

                                       

Refer to the following article for more detailed information: http://sportsmedicine.about.com/cs/rehab/a/heatorcold.htm

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Author: Dr. Gary Blabey

To get more information about the methods and techniques used by Dr. Gary Blabey, Vienna Chiropractor to relieve spinal pain for individuals who may be in chronic pain, visit www.backinactionva.com today. Individuals and members of the press wishing to get more details about this press release will find contact information below. Dr. Gary Blabey Back in Action Health Solutions 8306-C Old Courthouse Road Vienna, VA 22182 Telephone: 703-356-6284 Fax: 703-356-6304 Email: backinactionva@gmail.com Website: www.backinactionva.com Dr. Gary Blabey, Vienna Chiropractor has been recognized as an authority on natural spinal pain relief for his ability to create individualized programs that help individuals find the relief from pain that they are seeking safely and naturally. Through a holistic approach, the doctor provides a complete program to patients that gives them a better quality of life, health and wellness.

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