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April 15th 2007 - Issue 8

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This month, I'm discussing hot/cold therapy as a method of instant pain relief. Plus I've also found a product that you would love...But first let's see how effective this method of pain relief is.

Article 1

Heat and ice are the two most common types of passive, non-invasive, and non-addictive therapies. Heat and cold can be used alternatively and are often used as a prelude to exercise therapy.

Hot and cold agents should always be used with caution. It is a good idea to seek the advice of a health care professional prior to use.

Hot Packs and Heat Therapy

Heat therapy induces vasodilation: drawing blood into the target tissues. Increased blood flow delivers needed oxygen and nutrients, and removes cell wastes. The warmth decreases muscle spasm, relaxes tense muscles, relieves pain, and can increase range of motion.

Superficial heat is available in many forms including hot and moist compresses, dry or moist heating pads, hydrotherapy, and commercial chemical/gel packs.

Hot packs in any form should always be wrapped in towelling to prevent burns. Punctured commercial hot packs should be immediately discarded, as the chemical agent/gel will burn skin.

Cold Packs and Cold Therapy (Cryotherapy)

Cold therapy produces vasoconstriction, which slows circulation reducing inflammation, muscle spasm, and pain.

Superficial cold is available in many forms including a variety of commercial cold packs, ice cubes, iced towels/compresses, and forms of hydrotherapy. The duration of cold therapy is less than heat therapy; usually less than 15 minutes. The effect of cold is known to last longer than heat.

Cold or ice should never to applied directly to the skin. A barrier, such as a towelling, should be placed between the cold agent and the skin's surface to prevent skin and nerve damage. Punctured commercial cold packs should be immediately discarded, as the chemical agent/gel will burn skin.

Article 2

Provided by Angie McKessor, Southwest Technologies, Inc.

In today's society, many of us suffer from the nagging aches and pains located in our muscles and joints. Whether our pains are from diseases like multiple sclerosis, arthritis or fibromyalgia, or we have pulled muscles or acquired sprains from sports, therapies such as hot or cold compress applications may assist us in offering some relief which may get us back to what we love most - enjoying life itself!

Hot and cold therapy has been studied as early as 1918. Cold therapy has proven to be effective in reducing inflammation (heat, swelling, soreness) in injured ligaments while hot therapy increases blood flow to the muscles, all of which control the pain level and oedema (fluids) of our injuries and soreness.

It has been reported that 10-20 minutes of therapy is most appropriate whether you are using either hot or cold therapy. Cold therapy has been traditionally used for immediate therapy of sprains, strains, fractures and other inflammatory conditions. In addition, cold therapy has been practiced for chronic pains such as migraine headaches, tendon injuries and tension.

It is stated that application of cold increases the patients' pain threshold by decreasing spasticity and excitability of free nerve endings and peripheral nerves, thus offering pain reduction. Heat is useful in the rehabilitation phase of injuries.

Heat therapy is effective for repetitive strain injury when coupled with massage and relaxation exercises. Heat alters the viscous flow properties of collagen to relieve joint stiffness (connective tissues become more elastic and are able to move freely).

It has been reported that "moist" heat is more effective than "dry" heat in that it penetrates deeper into the muscle, offering more relaxation to the muscle and joints.

Hot and cold therapy products are readily available to the market place and come in many shapes and designs to offer therapy for all parts of the body.

There are products that have the ability to be used for both applications-hot or cold and others are for a specific use only. It is imperative that when using these types of products, you follow the manufacturer's directions for use.

Too much cold can cause extensive nerve damage and too much heat can cause burns. Some additional notes to follow are:

1. Heat should not be applied to sensitive skin as the patients may not be able to perceive discomfort and realize the temperature should be lowered.

2. Never use topical analgesics when using heat therapy, as the chemicals in these medications increase blood flow to the surface of the skin and may hamper the thermoregulatory response of heat redistribution, causing severe burns.


Offer of the month are special offers on our magnetic devices available only to our newsletter subscriber.

Since hot/cold therapy is obviously very effective we have designed a gel pack that will give you the following benefits over conventional hot/cold therapy devices:

>> Effective treatments in 5-10 min. vs. 20 min. for passive ice packs

>> Quick deep tissue penetration focused on target areas

>> Effective therapy for ligament, tendon and muscular injuries

You would need to spend no more than 10 minutes twice a day using this gel pack.

1.First you need to gently massage the affected area for 5 minutes to relax the sore muscles and increase the blood flow to the area.

2.Immediately after massaging you apply a heat pack for no more than 5 minutes. This continues the process of relaxing the muscle plus helps to release trapped nerves (especially the sciatic nerve).

3.You then need to apply an ice pack straight away, after removing the heat, for another 5 minutes. The cold will soothe the area after the massage and heat plus most importantly ice will help to reduce swelling.

WARNING: You should never use heat alone as it can cause inflammation to increase. Always use it with ice to counter act any problems.

The Magnopain gel pack is also:

~ Affordable, small (measures 9 x 5 inches) and easy to carry - Fits in sports bag or car glove box

~ Simple and effective: freeze it and carry it for Ice on the spot or put it in the microwave for only 90 seconds for hot compress.

~ Take it anywhere for immediate pre or post activity ice/hot massage.

~ Leak proof design keeps your sports bag dry.

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