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Heat or ice for muscle spasms???

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Old 10-17-2004, 09:41 AM   #1
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Heat or ice for muscle spasms???

I was diagnosed with muscle spasms in my face, neck and shoulder. The PT told me to use ice for muscle spasms but it feels like the moist heat is more relaxing and eases the pain. Having ice on my face and neck while watching the Yankees beat the Red Sox is pure torture! Does anyone know which is better?

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Old 10-17-2004, 11:52 AM   #2
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Re: Heat or ice for muscle spasms???

I was told that heat works best for muscle spasms. Ice is good for inflammation.

Old 10-18-2004, 05:14 AM   #3
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Re: Heat or ice for muscle spasms???

I use moist heat. I have a cloth pack filled with rice or grain that I throw in the microwave for about 1 minute. I am supposed to do this 3-4 times a day, but definitely first thing when you wake up and the right before you go to bed.

Old 10-19-2004, 04:34 PM   #4
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Re: Heat or ice for muscle spasms???

My dentist suggested to me a couple years ago that I should use an ice pack for 15 minutes, followed by heat for 15 minutes. I've found this to work better than heat or ice alone, strange as it may sound. Try it once or twice a night for a week and see how you feel.....

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