Moist Heat Compresses (a.k.a.) Hot Pack that describes the application of increased temperature utilizing a hydrocollator pack applied to the involved region of the spine or limb. A heat compress dilates blood vessels, soothes painful areas, and reduces rigid soft tissues. It also assists in a temporary increase in joint and tissue elasticity.
Ice Compresses (a.k.a.) Cryotherapy is an excellent way to help with muscle spasms in the body. This therapy is well known to help numb painful areas as well as provide a cooling relief to affected soft tissues. The therapy consists of applying cold compresses on to the skin to effectively reduce the temperature of the skin as well as constrict the blood vessels in the area.