Hot and cold packs are super useful, especially when you can get a 2-in-1 pack with the MYTAGALONGS Hot & Cold Gel Pack. Before you reach for your pack, here are some tips to know when to go hot or go cold.

Cold Pack
Ice can relieve pain by numbing the wound, and it’s perfect for reducing swelling and inflammation because it draws blood away from the injury. Apply a cold compress to the following:

Acute injuries
These are any sudden types of damage like a sprain or dislocation. There’s normally bleeding and swelling associated with these types of injuries, so make sure to put a cold pack on to lessen the pain.

Pain after strenuous exercise
Feeling some knee pain after taking a long walk? Make time for a chill session that will help numb the area to stop pain in its tracks.

Insect bites
If you’ve been spending a lot of time outdoors and have annoying bug bites, use the cold to reduce swelling (and the urge to itch).

Hold the pack on your forehead to ease tension and pressure from headaches.

Hot Packs
Super intense exercise can cause a buildup of chemicals like lactic acid and that’s why you get achy. Adding warmth increases the blood flow in the area to reduce that build up, which helps to alleviate stiffness and soreness. You can use a hot compress for any of these ailments:

Long-term pain
Have an old sports injury that never healed properly? Add some heat.

Chronic conditions
If you have chronic pain from arthritis or fibromyalgia, you can alleviate the pain or soothe any stiffness by applying heat to the area.

Stomach pains
Whether you’re bursting because you overate or suffering because of period cramps, heat can work wonders.

Before working out
Gearing up for your fave barre class or going for a run? Warm up your problem areas to increase mobility and flexibility.

But remember…never put anything too hot or cold directly on your skin. Instead, make sure the compress has a cover or towel over it to protect yourself. Also, remove the pack after about 15-20 minutes. When the area is numb, it’s time to take it off.

xx, The FabFitFun Team

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