Hot and cold treatments are often mentioned in relation to muscle pain, but rarely are more detailed guidelines provided to maximize relief. That’s where this article comes in. It recommends that people ice to reduce swelling first then heat to boost healing blood circulation after. It also suggests that icing should only be done for short periods at a time and that the skin should always be protected to prevent damage.
Read the full article here: Cold and hot therapies: 4 tips for reducing pain