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Hot and cold therapy

Occasional back pain is a normal part of life. It can occur after sitting for a long period of time or after a long day of physical activity. However, severe and chronic back pain is not the same as normal pain. They require professional healthcare treatment. Treatments for back pain vary depending on the cause and severity of the pain. One treatment that helps many people reduce their back pain is chiropractic care.

What is chiropractic care?

Chiropractic care is a form of healthcare for treating misalignments in the spine and joints. Chiropractic treatments are noninvasive with a primary focus on manipulations and adjustments. The techniques Doctors of Chiropractic use can help reduce back pain, improve mobility and realign malfunctioning vertebrae. Although manipulations and adjustments are the primary treatment methods in chiropractic care, Doctors of Chiropractic use other methods too. One treatment, hot and cold therapy, can help reduce pain and promote the healing of damaged tissue.

What is hot and cold therapy?

Doctors of Chiropractic use heating and cooling sources for different purposes.  
  • Hot therapy — Heating can draw more blood to the painful area, which helps increase the amount of oxygen and nutrients this area receives. This helps reduce pain, stiffness and tension.
  • Cold therapy — Cold therapy can cause the blood vessels to constrict, which slows down circulation in the painful area. This helps reduce swelling and can soothe your pain by slowing nerve impulses
  • Hot and cold therapy — Many treatments make use of a combination of hot and cold therapy. A typical hot and cold therapy involves a brief period of heating to draw blood to the area followed by a brief period of cooling to push the blood back out. This helps you get the best from both treatments for a more rounded and effective treatment.

Visit Florida Spine and Joint for
hot and cold therapy

Our Doctors of Chiropractic at Florida Spine and Joint specialize in many chiropractic care techniques. We can evaluate your condition and determine if hot and cold therapy should be used as part of your chiropractic treatment. Contact us today to speak with one of our team members about hot and cold therapy and to schedule an appointment for chiropractic care.