Heat packs and ice packs are physical modalities used for pain relief in acute and chronic musculoskeletal conditions.
Thermotherapy or heat pack provides superficial heat that increases the vasodilation and blood flow in the subcutaneous blood vessels. With this phenomenon, the oxygenated blood flow promotes healing and muscle relaxation in the area. On the other end, cryotherapy or ice pack induces vasoconstriction in the area applied. The resultant effect is a reduction in swelling, inflammation, and pain. The duration of application of a hot/cold pack also varies according to the condition. Generally, the time is kept between 10 to 20 minutes
Do Ice/Heat Packs Really Work?
Conditions like muscle spasms, cramps, abdominal muscle pain, tendonitis, plantar fasciitis, chronic arthritis, and lower back pain can benefit from a heat bag, or it can be used as a muscle relaxant before performing stretching techniques. Instant ice packs are indicated for acute conditions such as sports injuries, acute ankle sprain, delayed onset muscle soreness, acute wrist sprain, and other acute conditions where reduction of swelling and pain is the priority. You can buy the Instant Cold Pack, as it is a fast and effective product commonly used for sports injuries.
In general, a heat pack is suitable for subacute and chronic conditions and ice packs for acute conditions.