Have you ever wondered should you use HOT or COLD after a minor injury?

Have you ever wondered should you use HOT or COLD after a minor injury? While every case is not the same.

Here is a general rule of thumb

First 72 hours after an injury use COLD. This decreases the blood flow, by a process called vasoconstriction. This results in decreasing the swelling to the area. This is why after a cold pack your skin might appear to have lost some color.

The 2 weeks following use 20 minutes of HEAT followed by 20 minutes of COLD

After those 2 weeks in most cases you can then use just HEAT. Heat increases blood flow by a process called vasodilation. That’s why after a nice long shower your skin might have a rosy glow.