Ice and Heat BagsIce is an effective and natural pain killer and anti-inflammatory agent. Ice can be applied over the inflamed area in the acute or early stages of your problem. Whenever you experience swelling, redness or sharp stabbing pain, it is generally considered best to apply ice. Repeat until symptoms ease – usually for 24-48 hours.

Here are suggestions for the application of ice and heat. Following them, you should be able to alternate with the effect of ice and heat on your body. If in doubt, contact your chiropractor.

Place ice cubes in a plastic bag or use a professionally prepared ice pack.

Place a damp face washer or tea towel over the problem area then place the ice pack on the material covering.

The first application should be as follows:

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Then during waking hours, apply the ice pack every 2 hours, or as indicated by your chiro. As the inflammation reduces, it is often beneficial to apply heat between ice applications.

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Heat is an effective therapy for reducing muscular tension and pain and is best used AFTER the initial inflammation has subsided.

Note: If you do not have ice immediately available, then use a pack of frozen peas or similar item.