Should You Use Cold Compression Or Heat On An Injury?

It’s common knowledge that cold and heat therapy is recommended to help heal injuries. But, what many people are less sure of is when to use cold therapy and when to use heat therapy. While the answer can differ from case to case, there are guidelines that you can follow to ensure that you’re taking the best possible care of your injury. 

When To Use Cold Compression

Cold compression is usually most effectively used for acute injuries. In the first few days after the injury occurs, cold compression can help reduce inflammation and pain. Ice can also help manage inflammation and pain for chronic injuries. After activities that cause a chronic injury to flare up, using a cold compress can help you manage the injury and prevent it from swelling. 

It’s also important to note that cold compression is only beneficial if you use it properly. Apply the ice for no longer than 20 minutes at once. Place a thin rag or towel in between the compress and your skin to prevent damage to your skin. 

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Why Proper Chiropractic Care Can be Crucial After an Auto Accident

During an auto accident, the spine is particularly vulnerable to injury. The impact of the accident can lead to spinal issues, including whiplash, herniated disc, and even spinal fracture. That said, spinal injury symptoms sometimes don’t appear until days after the auto accident, at which point patients are already behind in receiving treatment. 

See a doctor promptly after an auto accident is essential for the diagnosis of any injuries. Additionally, chiropractic care may be crucial to treat the injury. Here’s why:

Your Chiropractor Can Restore The Alignment of The Spine. 

Chiropractors specialize in the musculoskeletal system and understand how a misalignment of the spine can impact the nerves, muscles, connective tissues, and other bones in your body. An auto accident can bring your spine out of alignment, which puts pressure on other tissues and can cause pain. 

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