One size doesn’t fit all for treating your body’s aches and pains, and knowing what works best for different kinds will be the difference between a timely recovery or prolonged discomfort. Using an ice or heat pack is a common treatment for painas well as the swelling that often comes with it. But which method is best when? Does it matter how recent the cause of the pain is? Why is one better than the other for certain pains? In this educational infographic, learn the correct treatment for your pain.
Note: Remember not to apply an ice pack directly to your skin! The material inside most packs can get too cold to be beneficial, so it’s best to wrap yours in a paper towel or plastic bag before applying to the source of the pain.
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