Are you confused about when to apply heat or cold to an area you are feeling pain in? Staff at the Family Chiropractic and Spinal Health Care Center in Ramsey are standing by ready to guide you towards the best choice for relief.

Both therapies cut down on pain but there are important differences. According to Advance for Nurses, “hot therapy opens blood vessels, which increase blood flow and relaxes muscles and cold therapy shuts down the blood flow to the injury, which reduces swelling”. Neither therapy treatment should be applied for more than 15-20 minutes unless otherwise directed by your healthcare provider. Neither treatment should be applied directly to the skin – use a covered heating pad or wrap in a towel. One should check the skin frequently to avoid burns no matter which therapy you apply.

There are a few standard recommendations we want to share with you. For example, after a pulled muscle, joint sprain or injury with a swelling, use cold therapy for the first 48-72 hours before switching to heat. Burns benefit from cold and heat should not be used for swellings or open wounds or on stiches. Cold helps minimize inflammation.

“I often advise our patients in both the Bergen and Passaic county offices to ice up after receiving an adjustment for an already irritated condition such as back pain,” said Dr. Moe Abtahi, D.C. “We are here to help you find the balance in your relief and will provide the recommendation appropriate to your concern.”

  • Ramsey, NJ
  • Passaic, NJ
  • Contact/Reviews

ramsey

Get Directions

27 South Franklin Turnpike, Suite 302, Ramsey, NJ 07446

passaic

Get Directions

110 Passaic Avenue, Passaic, NJ 07055

iPhone with phone number

Ramsey Office: (201) 995-9900
Passaic Office: (973) 471-9585

Contact Us Google Reviews Write Review

Latest Blog Posts

Lumbar Problems: When the Pain Won'...
14 Jun 2018 10:17 chiropractor ramsey

Muscle problems are the most common cause of lower back pain This rather large category can refer to tangible, definable problems like muscle and tendon strains and ligament sprains to the more nebulous muscle problems that result from years of neglect and mistreatment. Regardless, it goes without saying that your muscles are the main support for your spine- any prob [ ... ]

Defining Balance for Athletes
29 May 2018 10:47 chiropractor ramsey

Balance keeps athletes on the winning side of those fine margins  Whether it be a personal record or the winning point in a team competition, balance is one of the elements that determines athletic success. That is why it surprises us that many athletes forego this opportunity: by choosing not to focus on maintaining and improving balance, you are letting go of  [ ... ]

When Dormant Spinal Injuries Resurf...
25 May 2018 10:06 chiropractor ramsey

Have you ever suffered an injury? Many of us, especially during our younger years, have suffered injuries that seemed of little significance at the time- from a slip and fall, to an injury sustained while playing an aggressive sport like football. And while we can all admit that we more resilient in our younger days, it doesn't change the fact that we never did anyth [ ... ]