Which is better, Ice or Heat? in Waunakee

A Chiropractor in Waunakee Explains Which is better, ice or heat?

Chiropractic Waunakee WI Ice or Heat

It’s a question we get often here at Back In Action Chiropractic in Waunakee; a patient is getting up from the adjustment table, preparing to walk out of the treatment room and asks, “So should I ice it or heat it? I never know which one to do.”

Ice vs Heat: Why and When in Waunakee

Both ice and heat can be beneficial when it comes to injuries caused by physical activity, but many people are confused by when to use heat or cold. So let’s break it down and end the confusion for good!


When applied, ice causes blood vessels to constrict and thereby reduces blood flow. This makes ice the better choice when it comes to acute injuries and inflammation. Sprains, strains, and bruising all cause inflammation in the underlying tissues, so be sure to reach for the ice in these situations.

Ice may not be a good choice for you if you struggle with poor circulation. You must also be careful not to apply ice for too long (15-20 minutes is fine) or too directly as this can potentially cause damage to the skin, tissue, and nerves.


Heat on the other hand causes blood vessels to dilate and therefore increases blood flow to the area where it is applied. For this reason, heat is a great option for most aches and pains as more blood flow to an area stimulates healing. It is also a great way to relieve muscle tightness and stiffness, with most people noticing relief after 15 minutes or so.

Because of the increase in blood flow that it causes, it is best to avoid heat when there is acute injury and inflammation. Common sense also dictates that you need to be sure to not burn yourself as well, which happens more often than you might think!

Chiropractic Care

Applying ice and heat appropriately to help manage pain and injuries is a great option, but it certainly is not a long-term solution. Chiropractic care optimizes your body’s natural ability to heal itself and is a great first line of defense when you’ve injured yourself. Choosing Back In Action Chiropractic in Waunakee as your first option can decrease the need for surgical intervention and further injury. Regular chiropractic care ensures your nervous system and musculoskeletal system are functioning at their highest level which reduces pain and tension throughout the body.


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105 Baker St #1
Waunakee, WI 53597

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