Back pains are common in most people. In a group of five people, four out of them suffered back pains at one time in their lives. There are different types of back pain treatment a person can embrace. Let’s discuss guidelines on back pain treatment using the ice and heat method.
The ice method should be used if your back pain is acute (less than 72 hours). The ice will lower the body temperature, which helps to constrict blood vessels, reduce swelling, lessen inflammation, and provide numbing relief. A person should not use ice for more than 20 minutes but can repeat it 5 to 6 times in 40 to 60 minutes.
The heat method is suitable for chronic issues. If the pain is 4 to 5 days old, heat can give a person some relief. There are different ways a person can adapt to using the heat method. Some people wrap a warm blanket around the waist, and others use adhesive wraps.
Contrast therapy is ideal after acute pain. It is recommended to start with the heat first, then ice. That is because the heat will dilate the blood vessels, increasing the blood flow. Then ice will reduce the dilating and bring a calming effect.
Choose back pain treatment according to the nature of the pain. Follow the correct procedure to avoid complications.