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.