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Does icy hot really relax your muscles, or does the heat just distract you from the pain?

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Dr. Colin Kerr
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Heat packs

Heat does actually tend to relax the muscles, a benefit we are get from sitting in a hot tub or taking a hot shower. It also, however, distracts from the pain.
So you get both benefits.

In brief: Heat packs

Heat does actually tend to relax the muscles, a benefit we are get from sitting in a hot tub or taking a hot shower. It also, however, distracts from the pain.
So you get both benefits.
Dr. Colin Kerr
Dr. Colin Kerr
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Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Orthopedic Surgery
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not relaxer

Like rubbing your head when you bump it, products like icy hot "overload" nerve fibers that cause pain.
They do not relax the muscle. Over a long term some of these products can stimulate increased blood flow which might help muscle healing.

In brief: Not relaxer

Like rubbing your head when you bump it, products like icy hot "overload" nerve fibers that cause pain.
They do not relax the muscle. Over a long term some of these products can stimulate increased blood flow which might help muscle healing.
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
Dr. Ralph Salvagno
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