Like a lot of people this time of year, you may have set off on a New Year’s resolution to improve your fitness. And, like many, you may have encountered (or most certainly will) the muscle soreness and pain that goes along with getting into shape and staying there.
Aches and pains are normal, and you probably know moist heat or cold applied to muscles can provide relief. But which to use when? All you really know for sure is you’re uncomfortable and you need relief, and the faster the better. Here’s the scoop:
When to Use Moist Heat Therapy
Applying moist heat is a natural way of building healthy muscles. Moist heat therapy increases blood flow to the applied area, which delivers oxygen and nutrients muscles need to function properly. Blood flow also removes the lactic acid that builds up during and after muscle exertion. Moist heat therapy helps to prevent injury and promotes muscle rehab. Consider moist heat therapy before exercise as well as after exertion to reduce pain and relax muscles. It’s also an excellent choice for chronic pain and to relieve tension. Moist heath therapy is ideal for:
- Chronic arthritis
- Muscle spasms or cramps
- Chronic tendonitis
- Muscle sprains and strains
- Warming up muscles before exertion
Heat therapy is not advised if the affected area is already hot, or if an open wound or blisters are present.
When to Use cold Therapy
In contrast, cold therapy slows down the flow of blood to the affected area by constricting the blood vessels. Less blood flowing through the muscle group reduces the chances of spasms and inflammation. Apply cold to affected muscles within 48 hours after exertion or sustaining an injury to help reduce swelling and numb aches and pains. Cold therapy is ideal for:
- A recent injury or muscle strain
Cold therapy should not be used when there is a risk of muscle spasms or cramps, or if an open wound or blisters are present.
Of course, Thermalon brand moist heat and cold therapy products are the perfect natural choices to deliver comfort and soothing relief for all your aches and pains. Thermalon has been the leading moist heat and cold therapy brand for the past 30 years. A wide selection is available here, from gel-free first aid cold/heat wraps to deep penetrating neck and back pads. Or stop by your local retailer today.
What Others Say About Thermalon Moist Heat and Cold Therapy Products
“Much better than a dry heating pad for joint pain relief.”
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