Hot and cold therapies are very common types of therapies. They can work together to bring numerous benefits to pain sufferers.
Heat therapy works by promoting circulation in tissue. When blood flow increases, it brings much needed oxygen and nutrients and removes cell wastes.
The warmth tends to:
• decrease muscle spasm
• relax tense muscles
• relieve pain
• increase range of motion
Heating pads, compresses, hydrotherapy and commercial chemical/gel packs can all be used as heat therapy. No matter what form used, hot packs need to be wrapped in towels to prevent burns.
Cold packs work the opposite as heat therapy by decreasing circulation to relieve inflammation, muscle spasm and pain.
Cold packs should be used no longer than 15 minutes at a time. The effects of cold therapy will be felt longer than heat packs. Cold packs, ice cubes, iced towels/compresses and certain types of hydrotherapy can be used as cold therapy.
Like heat therapy, never apply cold packs directly to skin. Always have a barrier between the cold pack and skin to prevent damage. Consult a physician before using.
A common method of diagnosis and treatment of back pain is through the use of spinal injections. There are many types of injections and nerve blocks to treat specific back conditions.
A type of spinal injection that can diagnose the pain source is the Transforaminal Epidural Injection, known as an NFI. The NFI is a very selective and precise type of injection that will detect the specific nerve roots that may be causing the back pain. By focusing on the individual nerve roots, the physician is able to isolate the source of pain and proceed to treat it.
Massages increase blood flow and loosen muscles and soft tissues. Increased circulation brings oxygen and nutrients to muscles. Blood flow is crucial to eliminating waste from muscles that can lead to pain.
Massages bring great benefits to patients by relieving:
• muscle tension
• fluid retention
Massages come in many different types depending on the patient’s condition. A physician or physical therapist will be able to determine what type will be best for each patient.
Proven benefits of a Massage:
• Decreases pain
• Relieves muscle tension
• Increases flexibility
• Promotes relaxation
• Reduces stress & anxiety
• Decreases depression
• Decreases cellulite deposits
• Improves skin condition
Other non surgical solutions