Saturday, March 26 2016
Why ICE (Cold) instead of HEAT (Hot)? When dealing with an acute (recent) injury, often there is swelling associated with the injury. The adjustments that we provide in this office are designed to remove the pressure and pinching associated with vertebral subluxations. As the area around a subluxation is irritated, more swelling can cause further pinching. Heat therapy will cause more blood flow to the injured area and will also cause more fluid around the sensitive nerve roots emerging from the vertebrae. Heat will actually feel good initially for these types of injury but following the therapy; heat will cause more swelling and pinching of the nerve root. In this office, the Doctor recommends the use of Cryotherapy (ice therapy) for the reduction of swelling and anesthesia (pain relief). The ice should be used to shrink the tissues surrounding the nerve root.
The recommended and best use of Cryotherapy in your care is as follows: