What do you use a heat pad for?
Heat can promote better blood circulation, hence restore movement to injured tissue. Warmth can also reduce joint stiffness, pain and muscle spasms.
Heat pads have a role in easing pain from both acute and chronic injuries such as sprains, strains, muscle spasms and arthritis.
Is heat good for pain?
Heat helps soothe stiff joints and relax muscles. Cold helps numb sharp pain and reduce inflammation.
How long can you keep a heat pad on?
Apply heat for 15 to 20mins at a time. Repeat if necessary.
What is best for sore muscles, heat or cold?
Heat therapy would be more suitable in treating sore muscles.
Applying heat to an inflamed area will dilate the blood vessels, promote blood flow and help to relax sore and tightened muscles.
Heat therapy is usually effective at treating chronic muscle pain or sore joints caused by arthritis too.
How does heat help with back pain?
Applying heat to affected areas increases the blood flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissues.
Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the lower back will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain and partially relieve the discomfort.
How does heat help with period pain (menstrual cramps)?
When menstruation occurs, the uterus contracts to shed its lining. Prolonged contractions of the uterine muscles can sometimes cause painful cramping. Heat therapy works by relaxing the muscles of the uterus, increasing blood flow and easing pain.