Weekly Trust - - Health -

Heat and cold are ef­fec­tive ways to get re­lief from back pain. Ice packs are most ben­e­fi­cial when you use them di­rectly af­ter an in­jury, such as a strain. Ap­ply­ing an ice pack wrapped in a towel di­rectly to the back can re­duce in­flam­ma­tion.

Cold may also pro­vide a numb­ing ef­fect for sud­den, in­tense back pain. A per­son can use cold packs de­signed for pain re­lief, or in a pinch, use a bag of ice or frozen veg­eta­bles cov­ered with a cloth to pro­tect the skin from frost­bite. It is best not to ap­ply ice for more than 20 min­utes at a time.

A heat­ing pad can also re­lieve stiff or achy mus­cles. Be sure to read and fol­low the in­struc­tions on any heat­ing pad and test the tem­per­a­ture care­fully to en­sure it is not too hot.

If a heat­ing pad is un­avail­able, you can use a hot wa­ter bot­tle or heat a cloth bag of un­cooked rice in the mi­crowave, but take care not to burn the skin with ice or heat.


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