As a healthcare practitioner, I am regularly asked what patients can do for themselves at home. Many times, an application of heat, ice, or topical lotion can go a long way towards soothing tired muscles and relieving simple back pain. However, heat and ice have very different methods of action and are not always appropriate. It is important to realize that at certain times heat can actually make the problem worse by bringing additional swelling and inflammation to an already inflamed area.
My colleague Dr. Dan Sallee, DC, has created an easy reference diagram for the usage of heat and ice. Visit his chiropractic website and blog, or better yet, if you're in the Kansas City area, visit his office!
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