Chiropractic and Frozen Shoulder Relief

Should I Use Ice or Heat For My Injury?

We are commonly asked by our patients if we should be using ice or heat after a muscle injury or post chiropractic adjustment? Some people reach straight for the ice pack while others grab the heating pad. Some even do both, which can potentially further aggravate your injury. Let us review what you need to know about ice and heat therapy.

For injuries and inflammation, ice is usually the better choice. The cold temperature will restrict blood flow and reduce inflammation and swelling. Any time you suffer a strain, sprain, or bruising, head to the freezer and get the ice pack.  Using ice will prevent the injured area from becoming stiff by reducing tissue fluid. Cold therapy also reduces spasms and allows for improved mobility once the inflammation goes down.

The main use for heat therapy is when it comes to relaxation. While ice restricts the blood vessels, heat does the opposite and opens them up which increases blood flow to the injured area. Once an area is past the acute phase of injury, which may be day six or seven, heat can be applied. The use of heat is ideal for most minor aches and pains. 15-20 minutes of heat therapy is usually all it takes to relieve minor tension and stiffness.  If you have any bruising or swelling, avoid heat therapy and do not use heat near open wounds.

When it comes to injuries caused by physical activity, ice and heat therapy are both extremely beneficial, but they are not long-term solutions. A healthy musculoskeletal system is critical to healing and overall health and positively impacts how the body functions. Regular chiropractic adjustments help reduce pain and tension by utilizing the body’s natural healing process.

The Van Ness Chiropractic Difference

At Van Ness Chiropractic, we realize that stress and imbalance in the body is not one size fits all. We have the clinical knowledge and expert staff to offer treatment that is both effective and empowering.  Call us today at 847-842-8070 to set up your appointment for a comprehensive examination and get on the road to health today.  You can also visit us at vannesschiro.com to find out more.

 

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Monday
7:45AM - 6:00PM

Tuesday
9:00AM - 6:00PM

Wednesday
7:45AM - 6:00PM

Thursday
8:00AM - 11:00AM

Friday
7:45AM - 1:00PM

Saturday
BY APPOINTMENT

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BY APPOINTMENT

* For emergency or after hour appointments, call or text Dr. Van Ness at 224-622-5836

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