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Posted on Jan 12, 2024

Paspa Physical Therapy

Hot And Cold Therapy – Which Is Best?

I often get asked by my patients when they should use heat or cold therapy.

The short answer is that heat therapy is a vasodilator, causing blood vessels to become dilated or increased in size, and is used to increase blood flow to an injured area.

On the other hand, cold therapy is a vasoconstrictor, causing blood vessels to become constricted or decreased in size) and is used to decrease blood flow.

So, the correct answer is: It depends on the problem or injury.
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