Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Yes, that’s a simple as it gets. Contrast Treatments are powerful, quick, and easy ways to help with impaired circulation, arthritis, edema, headaches, infections, strains and sprains, and much more. Within a few moments of watching this short video, you can be applying contrast treatments yourself. Why not?
Using a Heating Compress
A heating compress is a cold wet cloth applied to a part of the body and covered with soft wool flannel. After a brief cooling stage the body increases circulation in the area which warms the compress and gives the effect of a mild application of heat. This increase in circulation continues for the entire time it takes to dry the wet cloth.
You may use heating compresses for a sore throat or tonsillitis, for colds, pneumonia, whooping cough, croup, and similar illnesses. Applied to a joint it may help in reducing pain and inflammation of arthritis or rheumatic fever.
As the compress is worn sweating generally occurs, this will also assist in muscle relaxation. The heating compress is left for several hours or over night.
When the compress is removed apply cold to the area to finish the treatment.
Articles needed for heating compress:
- Cotton cloth of at least two thicknesses (a 2” wide strip for neck compress)
- Soft wool flannel cloth that will be wrapped over the cotton cloth
- Safety pins
- Wool flannel vest for chest application
- Wring cotton cloth from cold water and apply to the area desired (neck for sore throat, chest or other affected area)
- Cover well with wool flannel, fit snugly but not too tightly; it must be comfortable
- Pin securely taking care to protect the person by placing your fingers inside the compress while pinning
- Use the compress for at least 30 minutes, normally overnight
- When removing the compress wipe the area with a cold wet cloth and dry thoroughly