Effects of heat:

- Increased vascularity (hyperemia): There is an increased blood flow.

- Decreased blood pressure due to vasodilation.

- Increased defenses throughout the body.

- Decreased inflammation in subacute and chronic inflammations.

- Analgesic effect, since it breaks the vicious circle of pain → contracture → pain.

- Increased respiratory rate (tachypnea).

- It also acts on the digestive system as a laxative, since it increases peristalsis.

- Fluidizes mucus.

Effects of cold:

-Vasoconstriction (reduction of the caliber of the blood vessels).

-Analgesia (there is anesthesia in the area due to the decrease in temperature).


-Reduction of pain.

-Temporary reduction of spasticity.

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