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Heat Therapy

The History of Heat Therapy

Heat has a long reputation of being beneficial for use on chronic non-inflammatory injuries-and thus the practice of heat therapy was born. Heat therapy got it's start during the reign of ancient civilizations. The Egyptians, and similar ancient worlds, engaged in intense worship of the scorching hot Sun God Ra-a fact which only increased the appeal of heat therapy.

What Is Heat Therapy?

Heat therapy is characterized by the application of warm compresses to the body as a natural remedy for the relief of pain and a renewed sense of health. Coming in the shape of hot water, a soaking soothing cloth, ultrasound, and even a heating pad, the warming relief of heat therapy has been applauded for his knockout punch to chronic injuries marked by the onset of pain in the joints. In fact, heat therapy as been cited as particularly useful to people living with arthritis and a double duo of stiff tissues and muscles. Heat therapy has also been used by serious athletes as a resident member of their pre-game regime; the application of heat therapy before a rigorous work has been documented for it's ability to improve the elasticity of the joint's tissues in addition to stimulating blood flow. Warming therapies cannot be used on acute conditions featuring inflammation because a boost in circulation and rise in the temperature of the skin are trademark calling cards of such therapies.

How Heat Therapy Works

Heat therapy works as a thermoreceptor stimulant. Thermoreceptors function as the biological responder to hot and cold stimulation. But thermoreceptors also work double duty by blocking the body's pain transmitters from making their way to brain-and the end result is a significant decrease in painful sensations. Heat therapy has also shown promise in the ability to trump up the body's blood flow-which benefits include:

• Decreased Stiffness
• Relaxation of Sore Muscles
• And Increased Comfort

How To Apply Heat Therapy

The medical community does not recommend the use of heat therapy on surfaces of the body already marred by swelling and bruising (Ice is customarily used to decrease swelling of the joints). However, doctors note that soothing heating treatments can be safely applied to an injury for fifteen to twenty minutes at time when accompanied by defensive layers to protect the skin against the threat of skin surface burns. And since moist heat is best, a hot wet towel may be heat therapy's best kept secret. Store bought speciality heating packs and heating pads have also revolutionized the face of heat therapy, although heating pads should not be used while sleeping.

Health Benefits of Applying Heat Therapy

Heat therapy is a natural pain relief that offers the distinction of being useful for various types of pain, including:

• Sprain
• Joint Strain
• Back and Muscle Aches
• Sore Muscles
• Menstrual Cramps and Pain
• Pain affiliated with the onset of arthritis

In addition, heat therapy offers the benefit of making some of life's simpliest task just a little bit easier. Some of the activities that improved after the installation of a solid regime of heat therapy are:

• Working in the Garden
• Completing Housework
• Participating in non-contact sports; ie: Golf, Tennis, Handball, Skating
• Sitting Down
• Shoveling Snowy Driveways
• Riding a bicycle
• Heavy Lifting
• Long Distance Drives

Heat therapy often finds it's most wide range appeal in it's relatively low expense. Heating therapy treatments also boast the benefit of being easy to apply, with most modern day heating wraps making it possible to soothe achy muscles on the drive home from work.

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