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Q: On injuries such as sprains,
when should you use heat and when should you use ice?
That's a common question, but an important one....
certainly worth answering again. Never use heat on
a new injury — it keeps the broken blood vessels
open, causing more bleeding and swelling. Instead,
use ice for the first 48 hours, applying it for 20-30
minutes, several times a day. This will slow the bleeding
and swelling. Then, after the broken blood vessels
have started to heal, you can apply heat to bring
healing nutrients to the area.
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