It is not easy, when you are in pain, to know whether to apply cold or heat to soothe the pain. The analgesic effect of the hot water bottle and the ice pack has been proven many times… Provided you make the right choice at the right time!
To put an end to a headache, for example, both are largely proven. It all depends on the origin of the problem. If it is a tension headache, a diffuse headache caused by an overload of stress or a prolonged bad position, rather at the end of the day, heat – administered on the neck and the nape of the neck – is indicated. On the other hand, when faced with a real migraine, a cryotherapy headband placed on the temples and forehead is a better option.
In other words:cold is no more effective than heat, or vice versa:there is a solution for each pain.
Applied locally or in the form of a bath, the heat relaxes paralyzed muscles and improves the mobility of blocked joints. By dilating blood vessels, it promotes the oxygenation of muscle fibers and boosts the elimination of toxins, such as lactic acid resulting from intense muscular effort. Its benefits are therefore indisputable for minimizing cramps and aches, but also for reducing lumbago or torticollis. And since it also decreases the intensity of uterine contractions, heat also suppresses menstrual pain.
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The principle of thermal shock by cold is commonly used by top athletes to continue competition despite an injury. But everyone can benefit from its benefits.
Suddenly dropping the temperature of a part of the body short-circuits the transmission of the painful message to the brain, which prevents the sensation of pain. The cold also stimulates the production of molecules that fight inflammation and tissue swelling, hence its effectiveness in fighting edema.
This is why some surgeons use it after a maxillofacial surgery operation or a knee prosthesis, for example. In everyday life, it is lifesaving in case of tendinitis, strain, muscle strain, contusion, but also for all people suffering from an inflammatory disease, such as rheumatoid arthritis, spondyloarthritis or multiple sclerosis. It also gives good results in case of fibromyalgia.
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