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Always confusion over whether you should use hot or cold for swelling. I know that many health professionals often give wrong or confusing advice.

COLD-- should be used only when you have an immediate injury or sprain.. The reason is that cold leads to--> "vasoconstriction", this means a decreased in blood flow to the area due to constriction of blood vessels.  So when you've had a sudden bump, fall, bang, or impact to a body area, then you want to prevent any further swelling by applying the bag of frozen peas as soon as.

HEAT- When the swelling has already occurred or the bruising has maximized, then you want to get all the accumulation of fluid/blood moving away from the site.  Thus, you want to use heat, because HEAT leads to --> "Vasodilation" . This is dilation of the  blood vessels which helps getting the build up away from the site.


Back in UK, our sports coach used to say first 48 hours for ice and then heat.

12 hours ago, samurai2 said:

pure pink Himalayan salt.. soak it in hot water (hot enough to tolerate not burn) for roughly 15-30 mins, then run cold water on the ankle..hope this helps

Samurai's advice is recommended because this "contrast" therapy of using hot and then cold is very effective.  Even going out of the sauna/steam room and straight into cold water bath is very popular in many heath clubs.

You should be able to get pure pink Himalayan salts from a desi shop. They seem to have this brand called "sham" or something in blue/clear plastic packet.


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