Heat therapy is a method for relieving both muscle or chronic pain and stiffness. Heat therapy can either be used for specific areas or all of the body.
Heat therapy can be achieved by using any of the following:
Wheat heat pack
Gel heat pack
Hot water bottle
Heat helps encourage the blood to circulate to an area of pain allowing the muscles to relax and damaged tissue to heal.
Consult your physiotherapist or chiropractor on how to safely use a heat pack. Also, ensure that you follow the instructions found with the product.
Heat therapy can relieve stiffness and minor pain within 15-20 minutes while moderate to severe pain may require between 30 minutes to 2 hours. However, make sure to consult your physiotherapist or chiropractor before use.
Muscle soreness (such as after sport)
People with chronic pain
When there is swelling, redness or inflammation (use ice therapy)
On a wound or irritated skin
Near sensitive areas such as the eyes
People with dermatitis (such as eczema)
People with diabetes, vascular diseases, deep vein thrombosis or multiple sclerosis
People with diabetes, hypertension or are pregnant should seek advice from a doctor before using heat therapy (including sauna or hot bath).