When it comes to injuries, there seems to be a lot of confusion about when to use ice rather than heat. I often see patients after they’ve experienced an acute injury due to sports or a car accident. Many times the pain from the incident isn’t felt for days or sometimes weeks. And here’s why.
As a response to any tissue damage in the body, pain signals are sent to the brain over afferent nerves. Afferent nerves carry information TO the brain. There are 2 kinds of afferent nerves. There are Type A and Type C fibers. Type A fibers have a larger diameter and are covered with a conductive sheath which allows the messages to get to the brain much faster. These are called myelinated nerve fibers. Type C fibers are smaller in diameter and have no myelin. Therefore the messages over these nerves travel much slower. Pain chiefly travels on type C fibers in order to reach the brain. Temperature on the other hand travels primarily on Type A fibers. So why is this all important?
Dr. Peterson is a leading intown Atlanta Chiropractor, specializing in Upper Cervical Chiropractic. With over 14 years of experience providing quality Chiropractic care to patients of all ages, Dr. Peterson is a compassionate and understanding practitioner who recognizes the unique needs of every patient and wholeheartedly believes that the Upper Cervical Chiropractic approach can help achieve optimal healing and restore patients’ health.