Chiropractic care along with other alternative therapies has become more popular during pregnancy. It has been shown that chiropractic care is one of the more common forms of complementary and alternative medicines (CAM) used. Among CAM, massage therapy and yoga are also a common form of alternative therapy used during pregnancy. It has been reported that about one third of the U.S. population uses alternative therapies, with a majority being women of childbearing age.
Patients often inquire whether to use ice or heat for their pain. In the chiropractic profession, ice is the recommended treatment over heat. This blog will hopefully provide some information on the benefits of using ice.
Ice is a type of cryotherapy (cold therapy), which is used to treat acute musculoskeletal injuries. Acute pain is when it has occurred within the first 6 weeks of the onset of pain and chronic pain is anything over 6 weeks of the onset of pain. Acute pain means there is inflammation present, which is associated with signs of tenderness, swelling, and warmth. The pain typically occurs suddenly and can be temporary, whereas chronic pain occurs over a prolonged period of time or can be an aggravation of an existing injury or condition.
Dr. West is board certified by the National Board of Chiropractic Examiners (NBCE). She received her Doctorate of Chiropractic from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, IA in 2012. Prior to attending Palmer, she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Microbiology from Michigan State University.