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S H O U L D Y O U U S E
A H E A T
P A C K O R
I C E P A C K ?
S H E F F I E L D P H Y S I O T H E R A P Y . C O . U K
Ice or heat packs can be very
useful for easing pain, but an
ice or heat pack in the wrong
place could make your
symptoms worse. If you
don’t know exactly what
heat or cold can do to your
body, then deciding what to
use can get really confusing.
Luckily, we have some
simple tips for you to
remember.
is for achey muscles,
chronic pain and tension.
If you have back pain or
feel tired and achey, it's
best to use a heat pack or
get into a hot bath.
is for injuries. We use ice
to help reduce swelling
and inflammation, which
is a normal part of how
your body responds to
injury, but it's painful.
Heat Ice
Ice can make muscle spasms
and tension worse.
Heat can make inflammation
worse.
Be cautious about putting heat packs on a swollen
injury. Or getting into a hot bath with a recent
injury.
Don't put an ice pack on a bad back or stiff muscles,
it can increase pain.
THINGS TO
REMEMBER:
Don't use ice packs when
you're already cold, or
heat packs when you're
feeling hot.
Your pack should feel
soothing, if it's not
satisfying, stop.
Ice or heat packs are a
temporary measure and
only provide mild relief. If
you are struggling with
pain, seek help from a
physiotherapist.
Don't use an ice pack on
back pain.
Thanks for reading, if you found the information helpful,
please share.
Keep in touch.
Like us on Facebook Follow our blog Tweet us Book an appointment

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Should you use an ice pack or a heat pack?

  • 1. S H O U L D Y O U U S E A H E A T P A C K O R I C E P A C K ? S H E F F I E L D P H Y S I O T H E R A P Y . C O . U K
  • 2. Ice or heat packs can be very useful for easing pain, but an ice or heat pack in the wrong place could make your symptoms worse. If you don’t know exactly what heat or cold can do to your body, then deciding what to use can get really confusing. Luckily, we have some simple tips for you to remember.
  • 3. is for achey muscles, chronic pain and tension. If you have back pain or feel tired and achey, it's best to use a heat pack or get into a hot bath. is for injuries. We use ice to help reduce swelling and inflammation, which is a normal part of how your body responds to injury, but it's painful. Heat Ice
  • 4. Ice can make muscle spasms and tension worse. Heat can make inflammation worse. Be cautious about putting heat packs on a swollen injury. Or getting into a hot bath with a recent injury. Don't put an ice pack on a bad back or stiff muscles, it can increase pain.
  • 5. THINGS TO REMEMBER: Don't use ice packs when you're already cold, or heat packs when you're feeling hot. Your pack should feel soothing, if it's not satisfying, stop. Ice or heat packs are a temporary measure and only provide mild relief. If you are struggling with pain, seek help from a physiotherapist. Don't use an ice pack on back pain.
  • 6. Thanks for reading, if you found the information helpful, please share. Keep in touch. Like us on Facebook Follow our blog Tweet us Book an appointment