Heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, is the use of heat in physical therapy treatment. Applying heat to an area in the body increases the blood flow, bringing along proteins and oxygen. The benefits of heat therapy are very prevalent. This method is great to decrease joint stiffness, reduce pain and inflammation, and relieve muscle spasms.
There are specific cases where this therapy should not be used. If the area in question is either bruised or swollen (or both), it may be better to use cold therapy. This procedure also shouldn’t be applied to an area with an open wound.
People with certain conditions should not use this due to higher risk of burns or complications due to heat application. These conditions include:
If you have heart disease or hypertension, ask your doctor before. If you are pregnant, consult with your doctor before using saunas or hot tubs.