Cold is a good idea immediately after an injury or during particularly painful attacks. But cold also has a downside, it slows down blood circulation and therefore the body’s ability to regenerate tissue. It should therefore be used with caution. The heat can also decrease pain by making the muscles relax. With patella syndrome, the pain is in the kneecap, which is a bone. The heat therefore does not act directly on the patella.
But it can be useful if you feel that your kneecap pain comes from muscles that are too tight, for example. Heat can also promote circulation and therefore tissue regeneration.
- Be careful, the heat does not apply immediately during an injury but afterwards.
- Some people are rather relieved by an alternation of hot and cold.
- To be more effective, it is necessary to apply heat or cold in a damp cloth. In fact, humidity favors the penetration of heat or cold.
- It should be applied for about 15 to 20 minutes. Be careful, if the pain is accentuated, stop in this case immediately.
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Solutions for hot and cold knees
Application of green clay:
Apply green clay
Green clay contains silica. This strengthens the bones and repairs the tendons. It also drains edemas, reduces hematomas and remineralizes the joints.
In short, green clay is a bit magical! It really has multiple properties.
You can buy green clay in different forms: powder to be diluted with water or ready-to-use paste more convenient to use.
Apply the green clay to your knee for about 15 minutes to 1 hour. Surround with cling film or a clean cloth to promote the diffusion of the active principles of the clay (and avoid putting them everywhere on your sofa for example).
Ask your pharmacist for advice on essential oils:
Essential oils have multiple properties. Your pharmacist can guide you to essential oils adapted to your problem.
As many chronic pains are inflammations, essential oils from Gaulthérie or Lemon Eucalyptus are often recommended for their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties.
- You need to put ten drops of essential oil in a fatty substance such as macadamia oil. But if you don’t have one at home, it also works very well with olive oil for example.
- Massage the knee and around the knee.
- Be careful not to expose yourself to the sun afterwards, you may get sunburned or see dark spots appear.
Taping or wearing a knee brace:
Knee pain can be relieved by applying a taping or wearing a knee brace which will support the kneecap. You can read the Greek review of Knee Active Plus here. They are therefore to be used to relieve pain or occasionally during “risky” situations (certain sports for example).