What Is Heat Therapy, and How Do I Use a Heat Wrap?
Whether you’re experiencing intermittent aches and soreness or have suffered from a long-term painful condition, noninvasive heat therapy can help provide instant relief and lasting well-being. Heat therapy, including the application of our products like a heat wrap or microwave neck heating pad, has been used for centuries to treat ailments such as:
- Muscle spasms
- Sports-related injuries
- Joint stiffness
- Chronic pain
- Multiple sclerosis
- Headaches and migraines
- Unhealthy amounts of stress
Heat therapy helps to increase blood flow circulation, increase flexibility of connective tissue, reduce tissue congestion and inflammation, and decrease pain signals. As these processes occur, extra oxygen, nutrients, and proteins flow to the affected areas to increase healing, while toxins and waste are eliminated. Because of the affordability and ease of use of heating pads, wraps, and more, this type of therapy is an effective solution for busy adults and seniors seeking relief.
Types of Therapy
There are two main types of heat therapy — dry therapy and moist therapy. Both are effective, but here are the main differences:
- Dry heat therapy is conducted using a dry heat wrap or pad, filled with a substance such as rice, wheat or flax seeds, which is heated and applied to the affected area. The dry heat draws moisture out of the skin, and blood vessels are expanded to improve blood flow.
- Moist heat therapy speeds up the warming of tissues, increasing circulation and easing muscle tension. Using moist heat therapy leaves some humidity on the skin, whereas once dry heat therapy is removed, the skin is dry, as well.
The best type of heat therapy often depends on personal preference and situational factors, such as the desire to stay dry when therapy is applied at work. Trying different types of therapy can often lead pain sufferers to the solution that works best for them, and consulting with a physician can also help pain sufferers make their best therapy choice.
How to Apply
To use heat therapy correctly, microwave or heat the pad or wrap according to the product’s specifications, and only apply heat for the designated amount of time on the affected area. Usually, at least 15 minutes and no more than 30 minutes of heat application is optimal.
When using a heat wrap, microwave neck heating pad, or other portable device, application can occur while the user is sitting or lying on a chair or couch, working at a desk, or driving to work in a car. The portability of a heat wrap or pad makes it an ideal solution for pain sufferers seeking relief at a time that is convenient to them.
People experiencing chronic pain should also apply heat therapy before vigorous physical activity, such as exercise, to minimize pain and prevent new injuries. Applying heat immediately after intense physical activity also provides these benefits.
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