The Naturopathic principles talk about the foundations for health - how you sleep, what you eat and drink, and how you move and breathe. These are the fundamentals of a healthy body. No amount of outside influence can make up for a lack in these foundations.
With that said here are a few tools to provide some extra help.
Type of treatment: The application of heat alternated with cold.
Materials required -
- Container with ice water; container with hot water.
- Towels of appropriate size for area to be treated. Towels are to be soaked in the hot or cold water.
- Compress Application: Apply hot compress to treated area for 3-4 min. Apply cold compress for 30-60 sec. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Immersion therapy: Immerse the affected area in warm water (100-110°F) for 3-4 min. Immerse the affected area in cold water (50-65°F) for 30-60 sec. Repeat 3-5 times.
- Time: 12-25 min.
- The temperature listed are a general guide but should be adjusted to your comfort level.
Contraindications & Precautions -
- Do not apply heat to injuries during the acute phase (first 24-72 hrs).
- Do not apply cold to frostbitten tissues.
- Do not apply cold to areas with sensory impairment (such as the feet of diabetics, or to any area with peripheral neuropathy).
- Never use a towel heated in a microwave oven directly on the skin - it may burn the skin.
Notes - During the acute phase of an injury (usually 24-48 hrs, but may be up to 72 hrs or even more), apply ice only. After the acute phase is over, then start performing contrast.