For acute injury and pain, the standard of care is the R.I.C.E. method: Rest, Ice, Compression, and Elevation. Soft Ice® Compression Wraps provide both cold (ice) therapy and compression therapy to help with pain relief and promote recovery for soft tissue injuries.
Heat or Moist Heat Therapy should be used for chronic conditions such as muscle discomfort, stiffness, arthritis, and other chronic conditions. Note: Doctor's typically recommend to never use heat on recent injuries or swollen body parts.
Many doctors recommend alternating cold and moist heat therapy for chronic pain as well. Our Drug-Free Pain Relief Kits provide the synergistic therapeutic benefits of cold compression and moist heat.
This article from the Mayo Clinic may help:
"When you hurt from a minor strain or sprain to a muscle or tendon, it's difficult to think about anything other than your pain. You want relief and you want it fast. Cold, heat or a combination of the two may help. Try these approaches to using these drug-free pain relief options:
Some people find that ice works best for their pain. Others prefer heat or a combination of heat and ice. You may need to experiment to determine which is most effective for you."*