Hot bath or Ice bath?

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    Nov 21, 2010 6:39 PM GMT
    Which is better for a sore back?

    I've read different options from doing a google search and I was just curious what the consensus is around here.
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    Nov 21, 2010 6:53 PM GMT
    A hot bath always makes me feel better.
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    Nov 21, 2010 6:59 PM GMT
    A nice long hot bath, followed by application of a cold pack to the sore spot always does the trick for me. The heat loosens the muscles, the cold reduces inflamation (and kinda numbs a little).
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    Nov 21, 2010 7:09 PM GMT
    ice baths are good for muscle development, not sure about sore backs
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    Nov 21, 2010 7:45 PM GMT
    It depends what the nature of your back soreness is, which you fail to state.

    If it's sore from working out, then, you need to apply heat to increase circulation, and do re-hab by finding your weak spots, making them stronger, and making sure your exercise form is proper. Folks with strong backs don't get backaches unless they have congenital problems or bad form. High reps in the effected area will also promote that circulation. E.g., if my legs are real sore I'll ride a bike or do 50's or even 100s to get blood flow into the area to get rid of the soreness.

    If it's sore from a sprain, then, you'll want to get the inflammation down via NSAIDS and ice.

    When in doubt:

    R - Rest
    I - Ice
    C - Compression
    E - Elevation

    Back problems come from a lot of sources: imbalance, congenital, bad form, too much weight, being overweight, etc.

    If you coddle a part, it only grow weaker. If you challenge it, it grows stronger.
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    Nov 21, 2010 7:49 PM GMT
    Ice is best if you just injured it within 24hrs, but otherwise, you should really just do whichever feels best. It doesn't make much difference to the body after a day or so. Try them both.
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    Nov 21, 2010 7:53 PM GMT
    Nice warm bath and then apply a warm lover to the area.
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    Nov 21, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    Why is your back sore?
  • mybud

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    Nov 21, 2010 7:57 PM GMT
    Dude...a combo of both...ice it down...back off then hot...switch it up...Hope ya better better soon...BUD
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    Nov 21, 2010 8:17 PM GMT
    Before exercise HOT (warms up and relaxes your muscles for activity)
    After exercise COLD (heals tired muscles and reduces swelling)
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:52 PM GMT
    chuckystud saidIt depends what the nature of your back soreness is, which you fail to state.

    If it's sore from working out, then, you need to apply heat to increase circulation, and do re-hab by finding your weak spots, making them stronger, and making sure your exercise form is proper. Folks with strong backs don't get backaches unless they have congenital problems or bad form. High reps in the effected area will also promote that circulation. E.g., if my legs are real sore I'll ride a bike or do 50's or even 100s to get blood flow into the are to get rid of the soreness.

    If it's sore from a sprain, then, you'll want to get the inflammation down via NSAIDS and ice.

    When in doubt:

    R - Rest
    I - Ice
    C - Compression
    E - Elevation

    Back problems come from a lot of sources: imbalance, congenital, bad form, too much weight, being overweight, etc.

    If you coddle a part, it only grow weaker. If you challenge it, it grows stronger.



    I think I just strained a muscle at work. I think the term 'pulled a muscle' or 'threw my back out' works too. I'll have to remember RICE. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 21, 2010 11:54 PM GMT
    Always ice, never heat... a hot bath can delay the recovery of the injury, no matter how good it feels.
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    Nov 22, 2010 12:38 AM GMT
    Allathlete saidAlways ice, never heat... a hot bath can delay the recovery of the injury, no matter how good it feels.

    That's only really true for the first 24 hours after an acute injury.

    Always ice on the first day; otherwise, it'll swell and limit blood flow. Beyond that, unless you have major trauma like a broken bone, heat doesn't really hurt because the blood vessels will have stabilized again.
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    Nov 22, 2010 6:12 AM GMT
    Allathlete saidAlways ice, never heat... a hot bath can delay the recovery of the injury, no matter how good it feels.


    Yes. If an area is inflamed, heat will make it worse. Most medical folks I know would tell you to try to relieve the inflammation first. Inflammation doesn't just disappear in 24 hours.

    The sooner you get inflammation down, generally, the better off you are. If something is swollen and pressing against a nerve you definitely want to get it calmed down. While NSAIDS provide some relief, for me, personally, I find ice works a bunch better. I've had a corticosteroid shot before, too, and the relief is AMAZING, but, you have to be careful about using catabolic steroids.