Feeling the pain of Osteoarthritis? You aren’t alone. Doctor-diagnosed arthritis is expected to increase from approximately 50 million adults today to an estimated 67 million by the year 2030. Why? While obesity and lack of physical activity contribute to the increase of this painful nemesis, the aging population and injuries are the leading culprits.
So what can you do to relieve arthritis pain? Fortunately, today’s arthritis suffers have many pill-free pain management options.
According to the Arthritis Foundation, two of the simplest and most effective methods of relieving arthritis pain are heat and cold therapies.
Applying heat and cold stimulates the natural healing force of the body and can help to mitigate arthritis pain and stiffness.
Heat works by helping your muscles relax, which can alleviate both pain and stiffness. From a physiological perspective, heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulating blood circulation and reducing muscle spasms. It is also believed that heat alters the sensation of pain. There are two options for heat therapy, dry heat — such as microwavable heating packs or electric heating pads — like FrozenPeaz, or moist heat — such as warm baths or heated wash cloths.
Alternatively, cold therapy reduces swelling and inflammation by constricting blood vessels. Cold therapy also has a numbing effect on the area, slowing down the pain messages sent to the brain. Additionally, many health care professionals emphasize the importance of people with arthritis staying active. Cold therapy can be an important element of post workout recovery as it also helps to reduce swelling and inflammation that may follow physical activity.
Which is Better, Hot or Cold Therapy?
Many experts, like Girish Padmanabhan, clinical director of outpatient rehab at The George Washington University Hospital in Washington, D.C., strongly believe that heat works better than cold for people with osteoarthritis pain. Others, like the Mayo Clinic, recommend a combination of heat and cold treatments to help reduce inflammation and ease the pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis. “Fortunately for arthritis sufferers, many of todays most popular options provide both hot and cold therapy relief in a single product”, noted MaryCarol Dolivier, founder of FrozenPeaz hot and cold therapy wraps.
Which FrozenPeaz® products are best for treating joint pain associated with arthritis and osteoarthritis?
- Arthritis Knee Pain: The Large Joint Wrap provides circumferential coverage for many PEA-ple. You may also want to try the extension wrap to add an extra 6″ of hot or cold therapy relief.
- Lower Back Pain: The Large Joint Wrap also provides great coverage for lower back pain. Similar to the Large Joint Wrap for the knee, you may also want to try the Large Joint Extension Wrap to add an extra 6″ of coverage.
- Arthritis Hip Pain: The Large Joint Wrap is 18″ long and can be able to be applied to the hip area for hot or cold therapy relief.
- Neck/Shoulder Pain: The Neck & Shoulder Wrap is specifically contoured to provide relief to the neck and shoulder area.
- Arthritis Pain in Fingers or Hands: Many PEA-ple like the wrap around coverage of the Small Joint Wrap for hands and writs. Other PEA-ple prefer to rest their wrist or hand on the Eye/Face Wrap.