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How does Heat Therapy work?

Heat therapy works to increase blood circulation which promotes healing and relaxing of your muscles.  Heat therapy is great for stiff joints and for relaxing muscles prior to sports or exercising. However, heat can also increase swelling in an injured area if it is used too soon after the injury so you need to be careful. Your Physio will recommend a suitable time, placement and duration for heat therapy.

Heat Therapy is also used in conjunction with other Physio treatment programmes to relieve pain such as Rheumatic pain, Sciatica, Lumbago, Sprains and Muscle stiffness. Depending on your needs, our Chartered Physiotherapists can determine if and when Heat Therapy is right for you. 

Key aspects of Heat Therapy

The key aspects of heat therapy within an overall Physiotherapy treatment are:

  • Heat can improve the flexibility of your tendons and ligaments

  • Heat will reduce muscle spasms

  • Heat may alleviate pain (heat may induce the release of endorphins, powerful opiate-like chemicals which block pain transmission.)

  • Heat will elevate blood flow (heat tends to relax the walls of blood vessels)

  • Heat will boost metabolism.Heat can help when stretching muscles and increasing overall flexibility.

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Heat Therapy can be used to treat
  • Back Pain
  • Neck Pain
  • Rheumatic Pain
  • Sciatica
  • Lumbago
  • Sprains
  • Muscle Stiffness
  • Pain Relief

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