Comprehensive Health Care Systems Discusses Cold and Heat Treatment for Auto Accident Injuries
Auto accidents can result in a variety of injuries, including head or jaw pain, back pain, shoulder pain, hip soreness, or whiplash. The use of ice and heat can help to reduce inflammation and improve movement when used correctly. At Comprehensive Health Care Systems in West Palm Beach, FL, we provide accident chiropractic care for injuries, including the use of ice and heat.
Understanding the Purpose of Ice and Heat Compresses
The benefits of cold for reducing swelling and pain quickly became part of everyday first aid. Warmth also became a part of everyday medical care to soothe muscles and joints. These two methods provide very different functions. Ice contracts blood vessels, which helps to reduce bleeding and the production of lymphatic fluids that contribute to swelling. Heat, on the other hand, expands blood vessels and increases blood flow. Knowing when to use each method can help increase the benefits of these simple methods.
When to Use Ice
Ice’s ability to contract blood vessels and tighten tissues can be used for acute injuries that have recently occurred. An ice pack will reduce swelling from strains and sprains. Ice packs placed on the injured area can also help to reduce pain. Icing the area is most effective in the first 48 hours after an injury.
When to Use Heat
The use of heat can be advantageous for old injuries that are still causing discomfort or impairment. The heat expands blood vessels, bringing oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, thereby helping to soothe tissues and improve movement. Heat is often used for arthritis, to help soothe pain, and reduce stiffness. Heat should not be used for acute injury or injuries that have occurred recently.
Make Comprehensive Health Care Systems Your Chiropractor in West Palm Beach
Dr. Blumenfeld and Dr. Jerome are experienced health professionals who are committed to providing quality care for their patients in West Palm Beach, FL, and the surrounding communities. We treat a variety of conditions, including back pain, neck pain, sciatica, headaches, sports injuries, and auto accident injuries. Call Comprehensive Health Care Systems today at 561-684-0710 for an appointment to learn about our many chiropractic techniques.