Benefits of Heat Therapy and What to Avoid When Using It

December 23, 2020

Heat therapy is a great form of treatment for a variety of health conditions. People who suffer from chronic or acute pain after an injury may find relief after a few sessions of heat therapy.

Blood circulation improves when heat is applied to an injured area. And with the increase in blood flow also comes an increased supply of nutrients and oxygen. This greatly assists in the healing process, alleviates pain, and reduces inflammation.

Benefits of Heat Therapy

  • Relieves soreness
  • Relaxes muscles
  • Increases blood flow
  • Brings proteins and oxygen to the tissues
  • Improves tension and stiffness
  • Helps warm-up before exercise
  • Reduces inflammation
  • Reduces joint stiffness
  • Stops muscle spasms
  • Speeds up healing
  • Relieves stress

Aside from its therapeutic effects, heat therapy also has the great advantage of being completely natural, non-invasive, and safe. However, to ensure that heat therapy is performed properly, you need to see a professional. 

When Not To Use Heat Therapy

  • In people with dermatitis or skin infections
  • In people with vascular diseases, such as deep vein thrombosis
  • In people with diabetes who have sensory impairments
  • In people with severe cognitive impairment
  • On open wounds

What to Avoid During Heat Therapy

  • Setting the temperature too high. To avoid burns and discomfort, the temperature must feel warm rather than hot.
  • Applying the heat directly to the skin. There are different techniques for heat therapy and most of them require insulation between the source of heat and the treated area.
  • Leaving the source of heat over the area for too long. It is advisable to use heat therapy in 15-20 minute intervals.

Need heat therapy for your injured muscles?

Our therapists at The Right Spinal Clinic will provide you with a personalized treatment plan and ensure that your heat therapy sessions are done properly and safely. Schedule an appointment by calling us today at (813) 392 2164.

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