As health practitioners we are often asked whether to use heat or ice for an injury or for tight, sore muscles. This post outlines the differences between heat and ice therapy, and the benefits of each.
Note that there may be some instances where heat is recommended earlier than 48 hours, such as heel pain or some mild neck injuries as heat brings blood flow and mobility to the area. If you are unsure as to whether to apply heat or ice to a particular painful site, don’t hesitate to phone the clinic for some advise.
As this is an area where some practitioners differ in opinion for certain pathologies, in some instances, if you are not getting good results from icing, it can be a good idea to try heat and vice versa.
Written by Sarah Katsoulis, Myotherapist