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Healing Heat

Category: Back Pain & Heat Therapy
Posted: 2007-03-12 22:56

While the overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfort and relaxation, heat therapy goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many types of back pain and injuries. In addition, heat therapy in the form of a heat pad is both inexpensive and easy to do.

Heat therapy application can help provide back pain relief through several mechanisms:

• Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the spine. This process increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissue.

• Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the back will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain and partially relieve the discomfort.

• Heat application facilitates stretching the soft tissues around the spine, including muscles, connective tissue, and adhesions. Consequently, with heat therapy, there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexibility and overall feeling of comfort. Flexibility is very important for a healthy back.

Don't fool yourself, not all heat sources are equal. I will go into further detail in future posts.
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