When Should I Use Heat Therapy?
When an injury is ongoing or older than 48 hours, heat can be applied with a heat pack or with heat rubs. Heat Therapy causes the muscles to expand allowing the blood vessels to open wide. Consequently this allows blood to flow easier through the vessels which brings blood to the injured area helping to stimulate the healing process. Heat therapy also has a direct soothing effect to help sooth chronic injuries and ease aches and pains. Heat Therapy can also be used to ease stiffness by reducing the tensions in the muscles.How Hot Should My Hot Pack Be?
When heat is applied the temperature of the treatment method should be warm not hot. If heat is applied to the skin it should not be too hot as this could risk in burns or scalds. Our Heat Packs and Reusable Gel Packs can be supplied with Hot/Cold Pack Covers to prevent heat burns and scalds. A towel or other cotton material can also be used to prevent heat burns if this option is not owned, simply place the material between the heat pack and the skin.How Long Should I Use My Heat Pack For?
Heat therapy shouldn’t be used for longer than 20 minutes. Ideally heat therapy should be used for 20 minutes on and 20 minutes off. This is usually repeated for 3 - 4 times daily until the pain has been reduced.Sprays and Rubs
Alternatively heat sprays and creams can be used to treat injuries. Some prefer moist heat as it has the ability to penetrate the skin deeper than most common heat packs. Heat rubs and sprays also allow the skin to increase very quickly in temperature allowing the blood to flow through the vessels, soothing aches and pains at a much quicker response rate. Sprays and Rubs can also be used for sporting injuries to effectively target the source of pain with increased response rates.