I had a company contact me today and ask to put some advertising on my website.
They sell Ice wraps.
The representative said “I’m sure it won’t surprise you that many of our customers are fibromyalgia sufferers”
Actually, that surprised me quite a bit, so I thought I would share my opinion on using ice for fibromyalgia pain.
It’s a bad idea if you ever want to cure fibromyalgia.
Here’s why. It REDUCES circulation to the area that it is applied to, and honestly, I think reduced circulation is a huge part of fibromyalgia pain in the first place, so applying ice will essentially make things worse.
Sure, it may dull the pain in the moment, but it can’t help heal anything.
My intent, when I had fibromyalgia, and I discovered I could make it better with stretching and trigger point massage was always to FEEL BETTER in the long run, not just the short run. My intent now that I am cured is to help others cure it too, and not just feel better for a little bit.
So I never recommend ice. It doesn’t have the ability to increase circulation like heat does. When you stretch and do trigger point massage you are also increasing circulation.
Heat always helped me. I used to take a big microwave activated heat pad and put it on my back every night – like this one
Just recently I found a horrible trigger point on my stomach and rubbing it with my fingers made me feel like I wanted to puke for hours afterwards – so I just rubbed it really lightly and then I applied heat.
It went away in just a few days.
I didn’t like to use that pack during the day – because it would sometimes make me feel tighter after I stopped using it, so I liked thermacare during the day.
You can sometimes find decent deals online for them, but I like to get them from rite aid and walgreens – I watch the sales on them and then buy in bulk.
I have a whole cabinet full right now actually cuz I haven’t needed any in a while.
Also, if you go to the website and click on special offers you can get a one time $3 coupon.
So, that’s my views on hot and cold for healing your muscles and fascia.
I never rotate hot then cold, hot then cold either. I know some people recommend that. I never found it helpful.
I only use cold within 24 hours of an injury.
Even when I fell on the ice 2 years ago and hurt my knee really badly, I just used cold for a few hours, and then I
went straight to heat.
What do you think about heat or cold for fibromyalgia pain?
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