Use hot and cold when you are suffering from acute pain, if your painkillers are not working. It can be useful before you go to bed or if you wake in the early morning. It may also ease the pain if you feel sore after a treatment.
Cold - Use any of Nature Creation natural therapy packs, which will fit comfortably to the area of pain.
Hot — compress the heated Nature Creation natural therapy packs onto the pain area (follow the instructions included with the pack).
Do not apply either the Nature Creation hot or cold therapy pack directly to your skin but wrap them in a tea towel or similar to prevent burning. Make sure the wrappers are of a similar size.
Cold -> Hot -> Cold
Start with cold and finish with cold. Apply each pack to the area of pain for five minutes and leave 15 minutes before repeating. You can repeat this process as many times as you like, but the first couple of sessions are usually the most useful.
Using hot and cold acts like a local pump cold pushing blood from the area, warm bringing fresh blood into the area, the valves in the veins cause the blood to circulate reducing the level of inflammation in the blood stream. If you can reduce the inflammation this will decrease the pain and help you keep more mobile and recover sooner.