Heat and Ice Treatment Blog

Heat & Ice Injury Treatment

Ice and heat can be helpful in the treatment of sports-related injuries. However, understanding when to use both is essential when treating:


The use of heat on an injury increases blood flow, tissue temperature and can decrease pain when used appropriately. Here are some quick tips on how to maximize your treatment with heat:

  • Heat can be used prior to exercise as part of a warm-up
  • Whole body warm-up activities such as laps are more effective in increasing blood flow and tissue temperature to an area
  • Chronic injuries can benefit from heat application prior to stretching
  • Do not apply heat following acute injuries, be sure to wait 48-72 hours after the injury occurs
  • Never apply heat when signs of inflammation (redness, warmth, swelling) are present


The use of ice decreases blood flow, tissue temperature, inflammation, pain and swelling of minor injuries. Here are some tips to be sure you are maximizing the benefits of treating injuries with ice:

  • Use for no longer than 15 minutes every 3-4 hours; first 24-48 hours following an acute injury
  • Use following exercise to decrease the inflammatory process
  • Prolonged exposure to ice, more than 20 minutes can lead to tissue damage


First Aid Canada is pleased to offer hot and cold packs as well as Deep Cold Ice Gel for rub-on relief. Cool’n Tape Cold Compression Wrap is also a newer addition of cooling products in the field. Take a look at the video below for more details on why athletes are choosing this solution for pain relief:


In addition to heat and ice therapy for minor sports injuries consider a first aid kit, fully loaded to reduce injuries and hospital visits for any team.

For more information on the kits, please click below:


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