Ice & Heat

Ice/cold therapy

Cold therapy or cryotherapy is an effective means of reducing inflammation/swelling following an accident or injury. Cold therapy is applied in the form of ice, which will inhibit the firing of the nerve-muscle units and reduce muscle spasms. Cold therapy reduces blood flow and oxygen demands to injured tissue/muscles thus preserving the muscle cells and easing pain in the event of an acute injury. Ice packs are often applied with a compression wrap along with elevation to maximize the reduction of the swelling.

Heat Therapy
Heat therapy is applied using hot packs layered in towels applied directly to the injured area. The heat provided by the hot packs has several important benefits. It relaxes tight muscles, decreases pain caused by muscle tension or spasms and also causes vasodilatation of the blood vessels which increases circulation to the injured area. Patients with muscle strains, spasms, or arthritis will benefit from this form of treatment.

***Please consult with a doctor before deciding whether to apply ice or heat. Different conditions require different protocols, and picking the wrong modality may prevent proper healing and cause further soft tissue damage!

With any further questions, please contact the office at 732-920-8188 or email