Muscle pain, hot or cold? (injury – contracture)

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Doctors often recommend heat or cold to relieve traumatic pain.
But which app is most effective? Should we prefer cold or hot?

Hot or cold contracture?

The first question is the origin of the pain. Is it inflammation or muscle contraction?

Once specified, you must follow these three rules:

1- If the injury is recent and caused by trauma, apply ice for 5 minutes to reduce swelling, inflammation and pain.
Never apply ice directly to the skin at the risk of causing a burn.
A few ice cubes in a glove and then extend the session, 20 minutes of application, 20 minutes without application, until the effective relief of the pain felt.

2- When the pain is relieved, stop applying cold to a heat source.
An effective way to restart blood circulation and provide oxygen to relax muscles.

3- Remember: Never warm a flaming area, never cool a contracted area.
Inflammation triggers swelling that must be reduced by the cold.
Contracture is a muscle spasm that must be relaxed by heat.

There is a lot of controversy in the treatment of pain and you are entitled to ask why I am making such a categorical answer here.

But there is no longer any debate when one understands the mechanism of pain, contractures and inflammation and how cold or heat treats them.

When muscle or joint pain occurs, the body produces more white blood cells than it sends to the affected area.

So less red blood cells, oxygen and nutrients are available to begin healing and the fact that the area is devoid of all it needs creates a new wound.

When the nervous system perceives an injury, it sends a signal to the brain that it relays in terms of pain.

The signal is sent into the painful area, ordering the muscles to reduce blood flow to limit swelling.
But this blood deficit still increases the pain.

This cycle of pain, elevation of white blood cells, reduction of red blood cells, causes continuous pain over several days, sometimes even months or years if not treated properly.

An alternate and controlled application of hot and cold is the best way to relieve pain, stroke, contracture, inflammation.
But misapplication is the right way to make pain chronic.

Does heat or cold cure pain?

Let's make a comparison with your gas and refrigerator.

The heat spreads and increases the surface concerned.
The cold, on the other hand, tightens while preventing the expansion of fluids.
The heat tends to move when the cold keeps and freezes.

The effects of these effects on the body are an acceleration of blood flow through heat that allows the elimination of toxins.

This effect brings more oxygen and nutrients to the injured area, which begins the healing process.

The cold, on the other hand, delays swelling and reduces pain.

The combination of the two extreme temperatures eventually annihilates the pain.

The heat relieves the affected nerves and the cold numbs them.
This is perfect because when the signal is no longer sent to the brain, there is no longer a muscle contraction response signal from the traumatized area.

Thus, after a judicious alternation of hot and cold on a targeted area, the cycle pain, contracture, inflammation is broken and the healing process can begin.

I regularly suffer from severe knee pain.

I assure you that following this method of alternating hot cold allows me to quickly relieve this chronic pain.

To go further in pain relief, I strongly recommend reading The Ultimate Guide to Natural Pain Relief (#ad)

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