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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Injuries: Ice It Or Heat It?

I want to quickly share two tips on how to manage acute injuries. You probably know these already. Still, I would like to write about it for moms (like me!) who sometimes forget what to do. You know, mom brain! I am taking an online course about home remedies and this was mentioned so I thought it would be nice to share.

How to treat soft tissue injuries (STI)? Sometimes we are not sure whether to apply cold or hot compress. Remember these two things:

1. If it involves swelling, apply cold compress and remember this acronym - PRICE.
  • Protection - make sure the injured area is protected from further injury
  • Rest - avoid activities that will make the situation worse
  • Ice - apply cold compress to reduce swelling and pain, at least 10 minutes every hour
  • Compression - use a wrap or a bandage to apply pressure on the injured area
  • Elevation - (if possible) raise the injured area to prevent fluid accumulation that can cause more pain and swelling

2. For pain that doesn't involve swelling, do what feels best. Heat or ice can reduce pain when applied to the injury. Either will help you relax the muscles or tissues that are affected.
  • Cold / Hot compress
  • Hot shower or bath
  • Running water - warm or cold
  • ...any many more

Of course if not getting better, seek medical attention. These are just suggestions on what to do right away to relieve pain and promote healing.

Thanks for reading and 'til my next post!


  1. Great post! Super simple and easy to remember! This topic always seems to come up so now I know. Thank you!

  2. This is so good to note as I have chronic pain. thanks for the reminder!



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