Thermal Treatments

We use moist heat packs wrapped in a hot wet towel to treat chronic injuries, such as sore, stiff, strained or spasming muscles that have no inflammation or swelling. The heat causes vasodilatation (widening) of the blood vessels, which increases circulation and, in turn, decreases pain. Cold packs wrapped in a wet towel are used to treat acute injuries, such as those caused by a fall, sprain or collision, where the symptoms include pain, tenderness, redness, inflammation or swelling to the area. The cold causes vasoconstriction (narrowing) of the blood vessels and limits internal bleeding at the injury site.