Heat therapy is used to increase skin temperature with very little increase in the temperature of deeper areas of the body. This type of heat is called superficial heat. You may want to discuss this treatment with a Prairie Spine and Pain Institute Specialist to determine if this is a good therapy for your condition. Heat can cause your skin to burn. So, if the heat that is used is uncomfortable, please tell your therapist. DO NOT sleep on any type of heating unit. You may be burned.
Heat causes the blood vessels to get bigger, which allows more blood to go to the area. Blood brings nutrients to the area and carries away waste, which helps healing.
How superficial heat helps chronic pain patients
- Relaxes tension in muscles
- Increases blood flow to parts of body
- Promotes healing in the body’s tissues
- Prepares muscles and joints for exercise and stretching