Instructions

Cold compressInstructions for Ice

Indications for Use: Acute pain, sharp shooting pain, swelling, joint pain

  • Ice 20 minutes then rest for 40 minutes
  • Repeat for 3 hours in a row
  • Then take a 2 hour break and you may repeat this therapy. A reusable ice pack is recommended. You may want to put a thin, moist towel between the ice pack and your skin.

CAUTION: Using ice constantly for a number of hours in a row may cause a decreased blood circulation in the area and may result in sores and adverse reactions.

Hot pak for back and neck painInstructions for Heat

Indications for Use: Chronic pain, muscle spasms, poor circulation

  • Moist heat for 20 minutes then rest for 40 minutes
  • Repeat for 3 hours in a row
  • Take 2 hours off and repeat as necessary

Use a microwavable hot pack. Microwave on high for 3-4 minutes (microwave intensity may vary) and do not get hot packs wet. Hot packs are typically available for purchase in the office ranging from $10 to $15.
OR put a wet hand towel in the microwave for 1 minute or until warm/hot. Must re-heat multiple times for 20 minutes of heat. It’s a good idea to place several layers of towel or cloth between your skin and the heating pad to avoid burns.

Use extreme caution with electric heating pads, as they commonly cause burns. Do not ever go to sleep with an electric heating pad on your skin, as it can cause adverse effects and burns over time.

Cold hot packAlternating Ice and Heat

Indications for Use: Tense and tight muscles along with swelling and joint pain.

  • Ice 10 minutes then follow with heat pack for 15-20 minutes
  • Take a 30 minute break without ice or heat
  • Repeat for 3 hours in a row
  • Then take a 2 hour break