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stay safe in the summertime heat!

As the temperatures are heating up, it’s important to stay safe in the sun! Here are three tips to make sure your summer is enjoyable!

  1. Plan Ahead
  2. Avoid exercising outdoors during the hottest hours of the day. This is typically between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. During the summer months it gets light out earlier and the sun doesn’t set till after 8 p.m. This leaves you plenty of time early or later in the day to enjoy the outdoors.

    When you are exercising in the heat

    • Wear light and loose, moisture-wicking clothing
    • Put on sunscreen and sunglasses
    • Drink plenty of water and make sure going into your exercise routine you are well hydrated.

When to Ice or Heat an Injury

"When should I use hot or cold for an injury?" is one of the most common questions I get from patients. Before we answer it, let’s first review the effects of hot and cold.

Effect of Heat
When heat is applied to a superficial area, it increases the blood flow to that region. An increase in blood flow means more nutrient is brought to the area, and thus, healing is promoted. Heat, in general, reduces the viscosity of body fluid and so improves the overall flexibility of the soft tissue.

Effect of Cold
Use of cold, on the contrary, reduces the tissue metabolic activity. Hence, it greatly reduces the swelling produced by injury. In addition, it numbs the nerve endings, and so decreases pain.

Conclusion

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