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What is Hot and Cold Therapy, and Why Would I Use It?

What is Hot and Cold Therapy, and Why Would I Use It?

  Has anyone ever told you to use an ice pack for an injury? A heating pad when you’re cold or sore? “Put a bag of peas on it,” says your thrifty friend. These are commonplace suggestions from friends and family when we’re feeling any sort of discomfort and need a quick home remedy to find relief. Why does a heating pad make you feel better, though? Why does an ice pack numb pain? There is one simple answer: bloodflow. According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, “...a new injury will cause inflammation and possibly swelling. Ice will decrease...

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