In the sports and fitness world we hear about types of cold therapy all the time, but what about heat therapy? Also called thermotherapy, heat therapy promotes the natural healing process for pain and therapeutic relief of muscle pain and spasms, joint stiffness or chronic pain. Check out our heat therapy products.
Why Is Heat Therapy Beneficial?Improves Circulation: Heat therapy causes blood vessels to dilate promoting blood flow.
Removes Toxins: An increase in blood flow causes toxins to pull out of injured tissues more effectively.
Increases Oxygen: Heat helps increase oxygen within the injured tissues to aid in its repair. Oxygen also reduces the carbon dioxide that can heighten acid levels in the tissue.
Heat therapy can relieve pain from arthritis, tennis elbow, sinus headaches, foot strains, shoulder and back pain, and many more conditions!
Moist Heat Therapy vs. Dry Heat Therapy?
Moist heat therapy offers these benefits:
- Delivers the most heat to the pain or discomfort due to water’s ability to hold in the heat during the transfer process.
- The heat penetrates deeper into the muscles, joints and ligaments relieving pain sooner.
- Blood flow and oxygen levels increase due to accelerated healing.
- Skin will not dry out from application since moisture is contained.
Dry heat therapy offers these benefits:
- Delivers a sufficient amount of heat to the area to relieve pain and discomfort.
- Treatment can be affective and extremely mobile.
- There is a wide variety of long lasting temporary heat patches that you can purchase at your local pharmacy.
Using a combination of the two types of heat therapy may give you the best self therapy results, rather than trying to weigh your options. However, you should always consult your physician about the proper treatment for your pain or chronic condition.
When Not To apply Heat Therapy?
- Do not apply to a fresh injury. Ice or cold therapy is for new injuries
- If external tissue is sensitive
- If your skin is red or hot to the touch
- If there is swelling