Ice constricts blood vessels, which numbs pain, relieves inflammation and limits bruising.
Heat increases blood flow, which relaxes tight muscles and relieves aching joints. Do not use heat for acute injuries. It increases inflammation and can delay healing. Heat may be applied to relieve stiffness after inflammation resolves.
At Midhurst Pharmacy we carry instant and re-usable hot & cold compresses (Magic Bag®, etc). If Ice/Heat therapies are not enough we can help you with over-the- counter anti-inflammatories, muscle relaxants and other pain relieving options in a variety of dosage forms. Come in to see us today!