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Temperature therapy: How to use heat and cold to ease arthritis pain
Heat and cold treatments are two of the most effective ways to ease arthritis pain. They work differently though. Select heat or cold to get some ideas for when and how to use each type of therapy.
Heat improves circulation. Use it to relax muscles and soothe sore joints.
Limit heat therapy to no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Don't apply heat packs or pads to bare skin.
Cold restricts blood vessels and slows circulation. It also numbs nerve endings. Use it to reduce swelling and ease acute pain.
Limit cold therapy to no more than 20 minutes at a time.
Don't apply cold packs to bare skin.
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Source: Arthritis Foundation