Can Heat Therapy Products Help Relieve Back Pain?
When one is suffering from back pain, there are many different types of treatments to consider, among those being heat therapy. Heat treatments and/or heat therapy products can help relieve pain from the muscle spasms and related stiffness in the lower back by dilating the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the lumbar spine. Consequently, there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexibility and overall feeling of comfort. Therapy with heat also creates higher superficial tissue temperatures, which aids the healing process in some conditions. In applying this therapy, the best temperature is warm; too hot can create burning of the skin and will do little to increase pain relief.
For many people, heat treatments work best when combined with physical therapy and/or exercise. This type of therapy is appealing to many people because it is a non-invasive and non-medicinal form of lower back pain relief. However, therapy with heat can be used in conjunction with other pain relievers, such as over-the-counter pills. While ice therapy is most helpful during the first two days following a muscle injury, heat therapy is more important to the healing process afterwards.
Heat therapy for lower back pain can be achieved in the form of warm/hot baths, hot tubs or saunas, as well as several dry or moist heat therapy products such as heating pads, heat wraps, heat inducing creams and warm gel packs which can also provide relief. There are several different brands of cordless heated back wraps on the market which can provide up to six hours of deep-penetrating heat to relieve sore, stiff muscles and joints without requiring proximity to an ac outlet, therefore allowing you to go about your daily activities.
Heat therapy is just one of the many treatments available for lower back pain. It is an option you should explore when you do suffer from back pain or other ailments. As always, it is a good idea to consult with your family physician before trying any of these treatments.
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