When treating injuries, one of the most common treatments recommended by doctors is to apply ice packs to the affected area. Check our guide below of the dos and don’ts when using cold packs to treat your injuries.
Cold treatment is most commonly recommended to ease the pain of an acute injury. Swelling commonly appears within the first 48 hours of an injury and should be treated with ice. Cold packs, like Body Comforts reusable packs, will help to reduce swelling, as well as minimize pain and bleeding in the tissues around the injury. Ice can also be used to treat chronic injuries like overuse. If you are anticipating pain or discomfort, you should always apply ice. This can part of your post-workout routine to help
It is important to use ice packs correctly. Apply ice in 15 minute intervals, meaning 15 minutes on and 15 minutes off. Be sure to wrap a towel around your ice pack to avoid direct skin contact, which could cause an ice burn.
If you have a heart condition, never use ice packs on the left shoulder or around the front or side of your neck.
A few more things to avoid when using ice packs:
- Don’t use on broken or infected skin
- Don’t use in areas with poor circulation
- Don’t use if you have diabetes
DO relax and unwind with a Body Comfort cold pack after any activity.