Find Relief for Your Aches and Pains with Heat Therapy!
Heat therapy, also known as “hot pack therapy” or “calor therapy” is a great way to treat uncomfortable or painful areas.
Heat works to loosen up the muscles, thus relieving any pain from stiff or strained muscles. This, in turn, also promotes improved mobility and range of motion in areas that may have been previously limited.
If you have been noticing achy, painful, or stiff areas, heat therapy could likely help you. Contact GoodLife Physical Therapy today to consult with one of our Homer Glen and Orland Park physical therapists!
What can heat therapy do for me?
Heat increases blood flow and enhances the speed at which nutrients are sent to various parts of the body. This results in fast and effective relief.
The following are a few ways heat therapy uses heat to ease pain:
- Heat therapy is often used for older or recurring injuries. It can reduce pain when a person is experiencing arthritis or stiff joints.
- Heating pads, wraps, and gel packs can be used to relieve chronic pain in the neck and lower back.
- Heat therapy is used for treating and reducing pain for muscle spasms.
How do I know if heat therapy is right for me?
Heat therapy can be used as a treatment method for a wide variety of conditions but there are some instances where it should be avoided.
As stated by Medical News Today, calor can be very beneficial for the treatment of:
- strains and sprains
- tendonitis, or chronic irritation and stiffness in the tendons
- warming up stiff muscles or tissue before activity
- relieving pain or spasms relating to neck or back injury, including the lower back
However, heat therapy should not be used if:
- the skin is hot, red or inflamed
- the person has dermatitis or an open wound
- the area is numb
- the person may be insensitive to heat due to peripheral neuropathy or a similar condition
Have You Discovered the Benefits of Cryotherapy?
Have you heard of cryotherapy? If not, you should try it.
Cryotherapy uses the healing properties of low temperatures to relieve both acute and chronic pain. With cryotherapy, your skin temperature is temporarily lowered, in order to help your blood vessels constrict, thus allowing your body to naturally remove toxins and inflammatory properties from your bloodstream.
This, in turn, promotes pain relief, in addition to enriched oxygen and nutrients within the blood. By participating in cryotherapy treatments, you will be able to discover the many benefits that it can have for your body, including, but not limited to:
- Fast and effective pain relief
- Injury recovery
- Injury prevention
- Reduced inflammation
- Boost of energy
- Improved health overall
Contact GoodLife Physical Therapy today to learn more!
What should I know about cryotherapy?
While the thought of being exposed to cold temperatures can seem daunting, cryotherapy has a lot of proven and effective results. In fact, according to Spine Universe, “cryotherapy [is] generally more effective in terms of depth of penetration than other superficial thermal modalities.”
There are two types of cryotherapy: whole body and localized. At GoodLife Physical Therapy, we only use localized cryotherapy, as it targets the specific painful area in question. When sitting through your cryotherapy treatments, the icy temperatures will work to temporarily reduce your local metabolism, which will help with pain and inflammation relief. It can be difficult to understand the mechanics behind how exactly cryotherapy helps your body, and we believe Spine Universe explains it best:
“The analgesic effects of ice result from a decreased nerve conduction velocity along pain fibers and a reduction of the muscle spindle activity responsible for mediating local muscle tone.”
Get started today
Are you interested in learning more about how cryotherapy or heat therapy can benefit you? If so, contact GoodLife Physical Therapy today to schedule a consultation with one of our Homer Glen and Orland Park physical therapists. They’ll help you find long-lasting relief in no time!