COLD vs. HEATSome people get confused when it comes to the application of cold or heat. There are a few things that you can remember to make it easier;
>Constricts blood vessels which makes their circumference smaller, decreasing how fast the blood moves in and around the area.
>Good for acute injuries.
>Reduces swelling and inflammation.
>Can be used immediately after exercise if you feel you may have ‘overdone’ it or if you feel something not quite right in a muscle or joint. Seek advise from a professional if any discomfort lasts longer than 48 hours.
>Dilates blood vessels which increases the circumference of blood vessels to their max, allowing blood to move quickly.
>Good for chronic or long-standing injuries.
>Heat creams can be used in conjunction with a warm up to improve range of motion in a muscle.
>Decreases stiffness in the body and general muscle pain. The increased blood flow promotes healing in the area it is applied to.