In This Article:
- Applying Heat vs. Cold to an Arthritic Joint
- When and Why to Apply Heat to an Arthritic Joint
- 9 Easy Ways to Apply Heat to an Arthritic Joint
- When and Why to Apply Cold to an Arthritic Joint
- 3 Types of Cold Packs for Arthritis
- Video: How to Make a Gel Ice Pack
- Video: How to Make an Ice Massage Applicator
- Video: How to Make a Homemade Heat Pack
Cold therapy can help reduce the swelling, inflammation, and pain associated with arthritis. This video illustrates how to make a pliable gel ice pack with common household items.
Learn how to make a gel ice pack.
You will need water, rubbing alcohol, blue food coloring, and freezer bags.
- Combine 3 parts of water with 1 part of rubbing alcohol and a few drops of blue color in a freezer bag.
- Close the bag and shake well to combine.
- Open the bag and squeeze out all the air, then close the bag again.
- Place the bag into another freezer bag, lay flat, and close the outer bag.
- Place the bag flat in the freezer and let the liquid freeze.
Once frozen, apply this gel ice pack on the inflamed area.