Heat therapy or so-called thermotherapy is used as a pain reliever. Doctors or masseurs use different types of forms, such as hot cloth, hot bottle water, heating pads or warm rocks. The heat therapy has many beneficial purposes, especially for people who are suffering from arthritis. From ancient times, hots baths and hot stones massages in the spas have been very popular. Many medical studies have confirmed that heat therapy can successfully relieve chronic pain.
How does it work?
When applying heat to muscles, it can increase a blood circulation. If you have a proper blood flow, it delivers oxygen to the cells and removes cell wastes. At the same time, your muscles will be relaxed, toned, and they will have a range of motions. Heat therapy is often used to treat discomfit such as stiff neck, muscle tension and many other conditions and injuries. The recommended treatment is between 10 and 30 minutes.
You need to be careful when applying heat therapy, some people are sensitive to heat, and they need to pay attention to this condition. Only practice heat therapy with trained professionals who will know how to perform this.
Types of heat therapy
You have the two most important types, dry heat, like electric pads and saunas, that draw moisture from your body and wet therapy, like hot paths and steamed towels.
Applying heat before and after any physical activity can prevent pain and stiffness in muscles. This can help you progress in your workout and eliminate any injuries.
Based on some research, heat has known to deactivate the brain’s pain receptors. Considering that everything comes from the mind, this therapy has a positive influence on the brain and therefore reduce the pain.
Increases the blood flow
Heat dilates the blood vessels and increases the blood circulation and delivers the oxygen which is necessary to the cells. This entire process will improve the healing and provide you better circulation. In many cases, heath therapy works the best when it’s combined with other treatments, for example, physical therapy and exercise.