Understanding U

Treat An Injury

  1. Cramps
    • Apply moist heat with a massage and stretching
    • Contracting the opposite muscle should relax the cramped muscle
  2. Pulled Muscles
    • Ice for 24-48 hours
  3. Sprains
    • Ice for 24-48 hours, then apply heat as needed to help decrease stiffness
  4. Lower-back Pain
    • If acute, use ice
    • If chronic, use heat
  5. Headache
    • For tension headaches, use a moist heat source like a shower with a massage for 20 minutes
  6. Tendonitis
    • Ice for 24-48 hours to decrease pain associated with inflammation
  7. Arthritis
    • Heat increases the pliability of the soft tissues surrounding the joint

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