Hot/Cold Compresses

When to apply heat or put ice?

The heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, should be used for muscle spasms, muscle and menstrual cramps, aches, muscle pain or stiffness, and arthritis pain.

The cold therapy, also called cryotherapy is preferred in case of sprains, tears, sprains, minor burns or headache. It is important to avoid cold therapy in case of wounds, as this may interfere with wound healing.

How long should I apply the compress?

Whether you need heat or cold, the compress should be applied 10 to 15 minutes at a time.

How often should I apply the compress?

In order to have an optimal treatment, it is recommended to apply the compress every 1 to 2 hours during the first two days.

Does my compress will have the same efficacy if I warm it after it has been placed in the freezer?

Absolutely, the gel used in the Gel-Pak ™ compresses is specifically formulated to be heated even if it has been frozen previously. However, if gel compress has been in the freezer, let it thaw to room temperature before heating in the microwave.

Can I apply the compress directly on my skin?

It is recommended not to apply the compress directly to the skin to avoid burns or frostbite in case of excessive temperature. The compress should be placed in its cotton bag or a towel. As temperatures of freezing and warming vary from one device to another, it is important to check the temperature of the compress prior to application.