Turn up the heat!  Cold weather brings to the surface many chronic aches and pains, not to mention muscle strains from winter sports like skiing, skating, hockey and of course shoveling snow.  

Heat can come to the rescue and here's why.  

  • heat reduces your resting muscle tension by increasing tissue elasticity
  • pain-irritated nerve endings are quickly eased with the sedating and soothing effects of heat
  • heat increases blood flow to the painful area, bringing more nutrients to the injured muscles while flushing out toxins for a quick recovery
  • deep heat stimulates your natural metabolic rate providing more energy to fix any injury 
  • heat provides an analgesic effect: it alters the perception of pain so you don't hurt as much

Dry or Moist Heat?  Recent research revealed that the greatest pain reduction was shown after immediate application of moist heat.  It should be noted that moist heat had not only similar benefits of dry heat but in some cases enhanced benefits, and with only 25% of the time of application of the dry heat.  

Therapeutic products such as Theratherm Digital Moist Heat Packs - Thermaphore Moist Heat Pack the Standard Thermal Pack and Hydrocollator Packs can all provide pain relief within a two hour application.

Heat is best for injuries that are not in the acute phase.  Do not use heat on a fresh injury: you could increase inflammation and swelling. Ice may be a better choice.  Heat should also never be applied to open wounds.  When in doubt, always check with a medical doctor or a trusted health care provider.

 

  • February 02, 2016
  • Simply Therapy