Special points of interest: Volume 1 Issue 3
An Answer to your question do I use heat or ice. 3/2011
Managing Your High Blood Pressure.
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To Your Question: Do I Use Ice Or Heat?
hen patient's come to When do you use it? wounds or over stitches.
therapy, they gener- • Avoid heat treatment on eyes,
Hot therapy is good for stiffness
ally have one ques- abdomen and genitalia.
and ongoing pain.
tion: Do I use hot or cold for
the injury? After reading the Safety Tips Cold Therapy:
following article you will be able • Treatment should not last What does it do?
to appropriately answer the more than 30 minutes.
question of what heat or cold Cold therapy slows down the
does, when to use, and how to • During treatment, check skin blood flow to an injury, which
use heat or cold therapy? every 5 minutes to make sure it cuts down the swelling and pain.
is not too hot. What are the types?
• Do not lie on a hot pack to
Cold therapy can be an ice pack,
What does it do? avoid falling asleep and poten-
gel pack or cold water from the
Heat therapy opens blood ves- tially burning yourself.
sels, which increases blood flow, • Do not use heat if you have no
cuts down pain and relaxes mus- feeling in the affected body part.
When do you use it?
cles. • Do not use an electric heating Any cold treatment should be
used right after the injury. Cold
What are the types? pad in bed because you may fall
asleep and get a burn. therapy is good for bumps,
Heat can be applied by an elec- sprains and strains that may
tric heating pad, hot water bot- • Do not use heat if there is occur with sports or lifting.
tle, gel packs heated in water or swelling. Also, cold therapy is good for
microwaves, or hot water baths. • Do not apply heat directly to nosebleeds. Ice can be wrapped
REHB IN MOTION PHYSICAL THERAPY
If an electric heating pad is the skin. in a washcloth and placed over
used, be sure it is OK to use the nose while the head is kept
with moisture before using a • Do not use heat if you have
upright. Lastly, cold is beneficial
moist towel. The manufacturer’s poor circulation, such as if you
for minor burns by applying
instructions will let you know if have diabetes.
cold water from the faucet im-
a moist towel can be used or • Do not use heat if you are a mediately following the injury.
not. Talk with your primary hemophiliac.
care provider to see what heat Safety Tips
• Do not use heat on open
therapy is good for you. • Treatment should not last
Managing Your Blood Pressure
eople of all ages must be be controlled. Here are some weight and offers you the best
careful to maintain their guidelines to help you manage chance of keeping weight off.
blood pressure at below your high blood pressure on a When you are trying to lose
140/90 mmHg. If you have high day-to-day basis. weight, choose an eating plan
blood pressure, you should be Maintain a Healthy Body that is lower in fat and calories
concerned about this threat to Weight: Being overweight can than your current diet. Keeping
your health. High blood pres- increase your blood pressure. It a daily record of what you eat
sure, also called hypertension, is also can encourage heart and can identify times when you are
dangerous. It makes your heart lung diseases. Losing even 10 prone to eat but aren’t really
work too hard and contributes pounds can lower your blood hungry, or when you could sub-
to hardeningof the arteries. Hy- pressure. If you have to lose stitute healthy foods.
pertension increases your risk weight, it’s imprtant to do it Be Physically Active: The
for heart disease and stroke, and slowly. Don’t try to lose more average adult needs half an hour
it can lead to other conditions, than 1 to 2 pounds a week. Be- of moderate exercise most days
such as heart failure, kidney gin with a goal of losing 10 per- of the week to achieve and
disease and blindness. Fortu- cent of your current weight. This maintain health. The best way to
nately, high blood pressure can is the healthiest way to lose initiate an exercise plan is to
(Continued from page 1) heat and cold (Continued from page 1) Blood Pressure coholic Beverages: Too much
therapy alcohol can drive up blood pres-
start slowly and work your way sure. If you drink alcoholic
more than 20 minutes. up to longer and harder activi- beverages, have only a moderate
• During treatment, check skin ties. Choose something you amount — one drink a day for
every 5 minutes to make sure enjoy. Some moderately paced women; two drinks a day for
Fax: 251-947-2697 there is no damage, such as a activities are walking briskly, men. What counts as a drink? 12
E-mail Vic: Jei.firstname.lastname@example.org freeze burn (skin would become dancing, swiming, cycling or ounces of beer (regular or light,
E-mail Corrie: Rim.email@example.com reddened or blistered, just as mowing the lawn. 150 calories), 5 ounces of wine
when burned with heat). Reduce Your Salt Intake: (100 calories), or 1-2 ounces of
• Do not place ice directly on Lower the salt content in your 80-proof whiskey (100 calories).
the skin. diet. Many Americans eat too Take Your Blood Pressure
• Wait 1 hour between cold much salt, which drives up Medication As Directed: If
treatments. blood pressure. Most people you have high blood pressure,
should not eat more than about lifestyle changes may not lower
If you have any questions please 1 teaspoon of table salt a day. your blood pressure adequately.
contact Vic at 947-7911. Talk to your doctor about how If they don’t, you will need to
much you should have. take medication in addition to
Reduce Consumption of Al- the lifestyle changes. Doing both
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Continued from above : Blood Pres- are taking your medication as
DO YOU KNOW ANY- sure directed. If your blood pressure
ONE THAT NEEDS is still too high, talk with your
will help your medication work
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“Blood Pressure” article. injuries, have them call Based on information from
ous ways. Often, two or more
The first person to call us. Our therapist, Vic the National Institutes of
drugs work better than one. Ask
Patel, will be more than your health care provider to Health. For more details, visit
happy to answer your ques- discuss the different options. It’s www.nhlbi.nih.gov/hbp/hbp
tions. Call Vic at (251)947- important that you take your /intro.htm.
7911. Thank you very much medication as prescribed, includ-
for all who have referred ing in the right amount. Realize
friends for physical therapy. that your blood pressure may
We appreciate your help. not be under control even if you