Some like it hot… or cold!
A cool compress or heat pack can bring relief to many ailments, says Helen Foster.
hen it comes to fighting aches and pains, painkillers aren’t the only solution. Simply applying something cold or hot to the area has also been proven to help – but which should you use on your problem? Here’s our guide… “Keeping the back mobile helps recovery from most back injuries and the use of heat helps keep you moving as it improves blood flow and increases synovial fluid which helps the joints of the spine move more easily,” says physiotherapist Ryan Ebert from Melbourne’s Healthlogic.
”Try a simple wheat bag heat pack warmed in the microwave and applied to the back for 15 to 20 minutes. If things don’t improve, see a professional.”