Your friends are happy to give you advice on how best to treat your sore back.

Some advice the use of heat to the evil in the upper back (with a hair dryer), another advocate for the cold shoulder pain etc,The controversy lasted for centuries.

So how are you supposed to know whether to connect your heating pad, or darken in your freezer?

The fact is that the heat like the cold, are both effective to relieve pain and promote healing, but no matter how …

the first thing to determine is whether there is a swelling, swelling or inflammation. If it is no swelling, you should probably use heat to soothe back pain because the heat applied to a muscle increases its flexibility and elasticity.
Heat for back pain

The heat is recommended to relieve muscle pain. It stimulates blood circulation, which will feed the muscle fibers and eliminate toxins.

The heat has a relaxing effect on the muscles and is particularly effective for relieving muscle spasms; but it should not be applied to inflamed joints and sprains, especially if the incident has just occurred. The heat also works well for chronic pain.

If you cannot stop and you must return to your activities, apply heat will facilitate the movement of your muscles (e.g if you have following small breakdown from bad position).

You can apply a suitable heat source to your muscles by increasing the temperature of your skin for 15 minutes and alternate with the cold. Try:

a hot towel (wet heat)
a hot bath with salts
a hot water bottle

Cold to relieve back pain

The application of cold immediately after trauma can be a good SLR. If your back pain is caused by excessive or unusual physical activity, or shock, s’ there is swelling or inflammation, the application of cold may be the most appropriate solution.

The cold has long been used in the treatment of muscle diseases. By cold therapy – cryotherapy – is often used in sports medicine for treating pain caused by muscle over activity and muscle stress.

The cold has multiple actions

Analgesic, the drop in temperature slows nerve conduction (the message of pain)
Anti-inflammatory by its vasomotor action of major interest for muscle recovery
Reduces blood flow, vasoconstrictor, reduces internal bleeding, swelling the training reduction
Slow cell metabolism (trauma: allows healthy cells to survive)

Apply ice to the affected area for 10 to 15 minutes 3 times per day. Take care to avoid direct skin contact. Allow your skin to regain its normal temperature before repeating the process. You can try:

a cold pack or ice pack physic pack – Pharmacy –
a bag of frozen peas small (not to eat after refreezing)
a bag or towel filled with ice cubes
a cold bomb – 25 cm distance –

The ice massage is used in case of:

inflammatory phenomena,
contractures – reflexively track, ice massage a muscle helps his release

Originally used to treat sprains. In case of “breakdown” of a dorsal muscle massage with ice causes vasoconstriction (decrease in the diameter of blood vessels) in size at first and vasodilatation (increased vessel diameter) deep in a second time.

The massage lasts 5 minutes will be several times a day (wait 1 hour before start). Must be the ice with your fingers and make circles around the painful area by reducing the radius of the circles to reach the center of the pain.

Hot and cold does not give the same results for everyone or in all circumstances. Experiment to determine what works best for you, For many people, ideal solution for relieving back pain is to rotate the application of heat and cold application, at about ten minutes per application.

You might need to test both solutions, if you do, start with cold (heat may exacerbate inflammation) while applying cold tends to be milder.

It is a process that you can repeat as many times as needed for three or four days to relieve your back. If the problem persists, see a doctor. You have to choose, or choose alternate.