Heat or Ice? Which remedy to use

Heat or Ice? Which remedy to use

Heat and ice are natural at home remedies for many aches and
pains. However, depending on your particular problem, there is a preferential
treatment for alleviation. In general, heat increases blood flow which helps
tight muscles to relax and helps stiff joints to loosen up. Ice works by
constricting blood flow which numbs pain, reduces inflammation, and helps
prevent bruising.

HEAT

In general heat is used for chronic long-term injuries. The
increased temperature makes the area feel better. In doing so, flexibility is
increased. Again, bouts of 20 minutes should be performed whenever pain is
felt. For arthritis, heat will help loosen up stiff joints. Heat can help
reduce the severity of headaches. When applied to the neck area, heat will
relax the throbbing head and tension of the neck muscles. Heat can also reduce
the stiffness of muscle sprains, especially those that have lasted longer than
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