Heat/Cold Therapy for Back and Neck Pain - Easy Methods that Some Patients Can Try at Home

Depending on the severity of the condition that is causing you back pain, discomfort, tingling, numbness, weakness or other problems, you may require certain treatments that can be intensive. However, one of the easiest and earliest things you can do to manage your neck or back pain from the comfort of your home is heat/cold therapy. Not only is this treatment simple to apply – since the necessary items are already stocked in most people’s homes – but it can be a very effective way for certain individuals to reduce their pain before seeking out further treatment.

Cold therapy options

Cold therapy can reduce neck or back pain, limit inflammation and minimize muscle spasms. Here are some easy cold therapy treatments you can use:

  • Cold packs
  • Ice cubes and cold towels or compresses

Heat therapy options

Heat therapy is an effective method to reduce muscle spasms, increase range of motion, relieve pain and relax tense muscles. Here are some simple ways to try out heat therapy at home:

  • A hot compress
  • A moist or dry heating pad

With any heat/cold therapy solution, a simple rule of thumb to keep in mind is that if you feel better after applying the treatment – and you feel it has reduced your pain or other symptoms – then it is working. Also, keep in mind that you shouldn’t apply heat/cold therapy options directly to your skin – always use a towel or other wrap in between the treatment and your skin.

While heat/cold therapy can be a great way for many individuals to ease neck and back pain, more intense treatments are often necessities for others. Whether your pain and other symptoms are a result of facet disease, a herniated disc, bone spurs or degenerative disc disease, contact Laser Spine Institute today. We’ll gladly give you more information about our state-of-the-art outpatient procedures that can treat a variety of spine conditions and may be able to help you find pain relief.