Hot & Cold Therapy

Hot & Cold Therapy

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A hot and cold treatment uses different temperatures in a specific order and on certain parts of the body to aid muscle recovery and heal damaged tissue. Hot and cold are two of the most common and readily available non-invasive and affordable treatments, and they happen to be very effective too.

When tissue is swelling, applying cold temperatures will restrict blood flow to the damaged area, and reduce inflammation. In turn, a hot pack can bring blood to painful areas to promote healing. Heat opens up the blood vessels and reduces muscle spasms, as well as improving flexibility of ligaments and other tissues.

There’s a big range of hot and cold therapy treatments for various parts of the body, including frequently damaged and at risk areas like knees, elbows and wrists. By applying a hot and cold ankle wrap in the hours after an injury, for example, you can significantly improve recovery time and reduce swelling and pain. This can reduce the chances of long-term damage, as well as the need for expensive treatment in the future. Find out more about when to apply hot cold therapy, by speaking to our experts.