Ice or Heat for Lower Back Pain?

Finally a blog post!

I’m having one of those months where I’m constantly playing catch-up with my to-do list.  It’s sad because I absolutely LOVE sitting here and updating the blog with a new post.

YESS it can be a lot of work. The whole process of writing blog posts may sound easy but between making the videos, editing the videos, uploading to YouTube, turning them into a post, creating images, Photoshop, updating WordPress, making sure everything looks nice can take up to two days.

Not gonna turn this post into a rant, I take full responsibility for choosing this lifestyle LOL and It is fun! I just wish I had 4 hands to do it all at once.

I’ve been thinking of writing a monthly blog post where I share the behind the scenes of blogging. Would that be something that’d interest you? let me know!

[Back to the post] This post is to respond to a video request regarding whether it’s best to use ice or heat for lower back pain. By the way, I get so many questions inside the Facebook group to which I respond to weekly (if I can right away) and also save in a huge spreadsheet so that I never miss a question.  Make sure you join the Group over here.  If you’re not a too much of a Facebook person, I also send monthly emails (I try to do it twice a month) that are packed with information and links to recent videos I publish.

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So if you have ever wondered about ice and heat and which is better to treat chronic lower back pain or piriformis syndrome, or even general chronic pain then check out the video below where I explain how to use each treatment modality for your condition.

There is a summary below the video if you can’t watch now

Ice or heat for lower back pain

Summary of the video!

When to use ice

Ice: blocks sensations of pain.

When to ice: acute, sudden injury. Ice can relieve and prevent swelling and inflammation. Ice can also be beneficial for acute muscle injuries.

When not to ice: if you have a chronic injury, ice will not be beneficial (low back pain).  You should also not ice your joints, as this can increase stiffness in stiff joints.

It is important to only ice for 15-20 minutes, take a break of 15 minutes, and ice again for 15-20 minutes.

When to use heat

Heat: soothing and relaxing. It increases blood circulation and promotes healing.

When to heat: heat is used for chronic injuries, or when the swelling of an acute injury is gone. Heat increases blood flow which helps with chronic back pain for instance.

When not to heat: acute injuries should not be heated. This can cause more inflammation and swelling.

Make sure you use a barrier between the skin and the heat pack. I use a towel.

There you have it, I hope this helps you identify which therapy is best for chronic and acute injuries. Remember, you can use heat any day to increase circulation in an area to promote healing, relaxation, and relief.

(Personal tip) I like to fill up a bucket of warm water and sink my feet into it while watching TV 🙂 it’s addicting if you try it. Your whole body will warm-up.

Thank you again for all your questions, they help me come up with new content that I know you need. You can post your questions below and I’ll make sure to answer it in a video 🙂