One in six Australian’s suffer from arthritis. Many of these people swear by the use of heat and cold therapy to help manage and relieve their painful symptoms. While the research is still a little unclear, most of the arthritis support organisations also recommend the use of heat and cold therapy to relieve pain. Heat and cold therapy is safe, simple, soothing and inexpensive.
So hot or cold?
Athletes, coaches, therapists and every day Australians use stretching to improve flexibility and range of motion. Whether its hamstrings, shoulders, hips, biceps or other important muscle areas, it’s common to see stretching as part of physical activity ‘warm ups’ and training exercises. Stretching is used as part of therapy treatments and recommended for all of us to keep healthy.
But did you know that using heat therapy along with stretching, has better outcomes compared to stretching alone?