The 101 Of Heat Therapy Treatment
Posted on February 25 2021
Spa heat wraps and ice packs are used to treat everything, from inflammation to pulled muscles. Both are effective ways of treating pain. They are easy on your pocket as well. For example, the lavender neck pillow microwaveable and costs just $50! However, knowing which situation calls for ice packs and which for heat wraps can be tricky. A tip, use heat to treat stiffness or muscle pain and ice for acute pain with swelling and inflammation. In this blog post, we will talk about heat therapy in detail.
The working mechanism
Heat therapy improves the circulation of your body. The increased temperature enhances the blood flow to a particular area. When the temperature of the affected area increases, the discomfort soothes, and muscle flexibility improves. Microwaveable spa heat wraps come in handy to soothe and relax muscles!
Types of heat therapy
Heat therapy has two types, namely, moist heat and dry heat. The ideal temperature should be “warm” and not “hot” in both types. Moist heat therapy includes steamed towels, hot baths, and moist heating packs. Heat penetrates your muscles and provides relief from pain. Dry heat therapy includes saunas and electric heating pads.
You can opt for local, regional, or whole-body heat therapy treatment. When the area of discomfort and pain is small, use local therapy, like a hot water bottle. If you are experiencing stiffness and pain in a larger area, use regional heat treatment, like a spa heat wrap. The lavender neck pillow microwaveable and easy to use. For full-body therapy, you can take a hot bath.
You should refrain from using heat therapy in certain cases. If the area in which you are experiencing pain is swollen or bruised, or both, using cold therapy is better. You should also avoid using heat therapy in an area that has an open wound.
If you have any of the following conditions- vascular diseases, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, dermatitis, and deep vein thrombosis- avoid using heat therapy as there is a risk of complications and burns. Consult your doctor before using the treatment in case you have hypertension or a heart condition. During pregnancy, always ask your doctor before using hot tubs and saunas.
You should feel relief from minor tension and stiffness after 15-20 minutes of the therapy. For moderate to severe pain, use longer sessions. You can buy online the lavender neck pillow from our website. It is easy to heat and is great for treating shoulder and back pain, apart from neck stiffness and pain.