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Why must we use Ice for back and neck pain?

Why must we use ICE for back pain instead of heat?

Why must we use Ice for back and neck pain? Most back pain is caused by a restriction of the spinal facets. Additionally, sprains of the small inter-vertebral ligaments. They cause swelling and inflammation to set in. Swelling puts pressure on the nerves and thus will cause pain
Heat will cause the blood vessels to open up and cause more fluid to leak into the tissues surrounding the area. Heat causes more swelling; this will cause more tissue damage which then will cause more pain.
Ice will cause the opening and closing of blood vessels, it will work like a pump. If you test it at home you will see your skin will change colours from white to red and will keep on alternating. The pumping effect will get rid of toxins. Therefore, allowing new nutrients into the area. Subsequently, allowing the surrounding injured tissue to heal.
Use ice instead of heat. Because ice CAN’T do any harm but heat can cause extra tissue damage, thus heat will cause prolonged pain. is good. Together with Chiropractic care, home treatment and postural changes, you should recover completely.

Why do other people tell me to use heat?

Muscles love heat, it allows them to relax and it makes it easier for therapists to work on. Unfortunately, back pain is almost exclusively caused by the damaged joints. Thus, muscles act as bodyguards to protect the injured joints. They do so by pulling tight around those joints. Treating the muscles may bring temporary relief. But, they will tighten up again to protect those injured joints.

For more information, contact us or make an appointment to see your chiropractor.

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