How to Make the Best Inexpensive Ice and Hot Pack

Here is a little instructional video I put together really quick about how to make great ice packs and heat packs.  I frequently advise people to use heat and ice at home.  While most people have ice cubes in their fridge it's surprising how many people don't know how to make a great ice pack.  Also most people don't own some sort of heating pad that can be reused and heated quickly.  So I thought it would be best to put together a video explaining the techniques so as to benefit people ALL OVER THE WORLD… not just Corvallis. 

Heat and Ice have been used for centuries to treat aches and pains.  In fact, as a treatment method for joint and muscle it's even older than chiropractic and medical care as we know it.  I'm sure some cave man named Og or Grunt sat on some warm rocks to relax muscles or packed his thumb in snow after banging it with a club or something.  Fortunately we have some simple, inexpensive and easily reproducable ways to receive these healing benefits at home. Here is a quick rundown of some of the ways heat and ice affect our bodies:

Ice

  • Decreases body temperature (duh)
  • Slows blood flow (try an ice pack next time you get a bloody nose)
  • Slows chemical reations
  • Reduces inflammtion
  • Numbing
  • Reduces swelling
  • Reduces fever

Heat

  • Relaxes muscles
  • Loosens tight connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons
  • Mild inflammatory effect
  • Sedative effect
  • Increases body temperature (duh again)
  • Increase heart rate and breathing rate
  • Pain reduction

As a basic rule you should avoid using heat for muscle or joint injuries for at least 24-48 hours after it starts.  This will inflame the area more and you will not be happy with the results.  Otherwise ice is the answer for fresh injuries.  Some people are sensitive to cold and will experience itching, hives and such.  If this is the case for you then you may want to consider some alternatives to achieve some of the same effects on your body. 

Enjoy the video and use it in good health!  Don't forget to repost it on your Facebook, Twitter or other social networking sites.

 

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. yvonne fricker

    Jason, try filling your heat packs with cherry pits, the heat is moister, last longer and cherry pits are sustainable. we do offer them in all sorts of shapes and sizes for all sorts of aches and pains….they also work cold
    check out http://www.warmables.com
    yvonne

  2. Jason Young, DC

    Cherry pits?!?  I’ve never heard that before!  Now I have to get some cherries and start eating. 

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