You have an achy back while you drive.  Or sometimes stiff joint pain in your wrists from typing at the office all day.  Pain can be a daily thing, and your pain management routine doesn’t always have to include only taking medications.  Did you know you can use heat pads and heat therapy too?

Facts About Heat Therapy and How It Works

  • Heat therapy helps to relieve spasms in the muscles, therefore resulting in better blood circulation by dilating the muscle’s blood vessels.  This increases nutrients and oxygen flow into muscle and damaged tissue.

  • Heat partially relieves the discomfort of pain by stimulating sensory receptors in the skin, that can decrease transmissions of pain signals, to the brain.

  • Heat pads facilitate stretching of the soft tissues which promote pain relief in muscles.

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Benefits of Using Heat Pads

  • Provides arthritis and joint pain relief

  • Relieves soreness in muscles and aches including pain in the back, joints, and wrists

  • Increases flexibility and range of motion in joints

  • Comforting and promotes relaxation

Heat pushes blood to the warmed area, where red and white blood cells heal and prevent injury in a hurt or chronically painful joint.  Heat can be very helpful in the treatment of arthritis and joint pain.  Compresses and heating pads can help decrease joint stiffness while promoting blood flow to the affected areas.

Other Benefits

Heat therapy can relieve many other aches and pains in your body.  Applying heat to the forehead and/or neck can help appease neck pain, headaches and sometimes migraines.  When applied to the wrist, heat can alleviate symptoms of carpal tunnel, which can lead to arthritic pain.  If you play sports of any kind, heat can relieve pain and discomfort associated with chronic conditions too.

Be proactive when it comes to pain management, and exercise all ways that are safe to alleviate your sometimes daily pain.  Add a heating pad to your pain management routine to promote healing and relaxation.  You can and will literally soothe away pain.  Do it.  Trust me, your muscles, joints, back and wrists will thank you after.