Back Wraps

Written by Devin Flanigan
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Back pain can be attributed to exertion, poor posture, and less than ideal beds and chairs, among other causes. Whatever its origin, it can be excruciating and debilitating, keeping sufferers off their feet for extended periods of time. Back wraps offer an easy method to deliver heat and cold therapy to our aching backs.

Cold therapy is recommended directly after the back is injured or strained. A neoprene back wrap can deliver 20 minutes of cold that will help to reduce swelling and inflammation in the lower back. Cold also has an analgesic effect, meaning the pain will fade to numbness, offering precious relief from sharp aches and spasms.

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Nothing beats a nice warm water bottle or wet towel lying across the back. Heat therapy brings blood rushing into the back, making it warm and pliable. Heat should only be used as healing progresses and before activity. No matter how good it feels, using heat therapy too early in the rehabilitative process will only prolong the time it takes to heal.

Using a back wrap to alternate heat and cold therapy is an ideal solution when in the middle stages of recovery. This creates a sort of blood pumping process that hastens the removal of harmful waste materials that are the byproduct of injury. Once back up to speed, use heat before engaging in physical activity and cold afterwards to prevent re-injuring the back.

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