Cold Therapy

How do you apply cold therapy ?

For the average adult, apply a cold Flex-Ice gel pack to the injured area for 20 minutes with a 20-30 minute rest period between applications for a 2 hour period. Early application is important. Depending on the severity of the injury this can be repeated over a 24-72 hour period.


What does cold therapy actually do ?

Cold therapy is the clinically proven aid for most musculoskeletal injuries. Cold therapy will promote stronger healing, ease pain and improve recovery


Will cold therapy help the pain ?

Yes, cold therapy provides strong pain relief, Cold temperatures reduce the nerve transmissions from painful areas. With 4-5 minutes of cold therapy there is sensory fibre analgesia comparable to local anaesthesia.


How does cold therapy improve recovery time ?

The body reacts to injury or surgery by initiating an inflammatory response. This increases the permeability of blood vessels, activates local pain receptors and attracts immune chemicals creating swelling. This excess of fluids separates healthy cells in the vicinity from their oxygen source. As a result many healthy cells die from secondary tissue damage called “hypoxic injury”.


What are some common uses of cold therapy ?

Sports inuries (sprains and strains)
Neck of back injuries/spasm
Migraine and headache
All types of body aches and pains.


Heat Therapy

How do I apply heat therapy ?

Heat therapy can be used any time except when there is internal or external bleeding. Application times of 20-30 minutes are recommended.


What does heat therapy actually do ?

Heat therpy will increase blood flow to and area, soothe and relax muscles in spasm and enhance healing.


Will heat therapy help the pain ?

Yes, heat therapy provides mild pain relief by acting as a counter irritant “filling” the nerves with the sensation of heat instead of pain, thereby reducing the amount of pain perceived.


How does heat therapy improve recovery time ?

Heat encorages blood flow to an area, bringing oxygen and nutrients while decreasing inflammation by taking toxins away.


What are some common uses of heat therapy ?

Relieving pain and stiffness in joints and muscles.
Alleviating stomach cramps and period pain.
Relieving arthritic pain.