Whether you have a new injury or an old one thats acting up its good to help treat it at home. So what can you do? Do you use a hot or cold compress? It’s a different story no matter where you go or who you ask.
Well let’s just clarify things: 99% of the time, a hot compress should not be used at all. Why is that? Well, most of the time the pain you are experiencing is because of inflamed muscles. Want to take a wild guess as to what heat does to muscles that are already inflamed? It makes them even worse! You might feel some immediate relief from your pain, but in the long run, it does more harm then good and you’ll feel it twofold the next day.
What you should do is use a cold compress (even if it’s not as soothing) for 20 minutes on, then 20 minutes off as needed. Just be sure to not fall asleep with it on as you can actually get frostbite!
You should consult your chiropractor or physiotherapist before using a hot compress just to be safe, because most of the time people should still be using cold compresses when they’ve switched to hot.