Heat Therapy increases blood flow to the affected area, providing oxygen and nutrients to aid the muscle healing process and help relax muscles to restore movement. Heat Therapy for aches and pains in muscles and joints is well established and recommended by sports physiotherapists and health professionals.
Pain is the body’s number one warning that something is wrong. You can experience it right away, like when you sprain your wrist (acute) or it can develop over time (chronic) like when your legs do not recover after a hard workout.
Heat Therapy is effective for:
✔ Muscular Pain or Stiffness
✔ Sport Injuries
✔ Sprains or Strains
✔ Exercise Warm Up
Heat Therapy benefits may include:
• Aids muscular relaxation to help restore movement
• Effective, targeted, warming pain relief to muscles and joints
• Help injury recovery and rehabilitation by applying heat therapy
(after having performed cold therapy for approximately 72 hours after injury)
• Aids muscle warm-up when applied before exercise
A heating agent that not only heats, but also provides pain relief and aids the muscle healing process. It assists the body’s natural enzymes to decrease the production of prostaglandins that cause pain and inflammation. Prostaglandins are a group of lipids made at sites of tissue damage or infection, where they cause inflammation, pain and fever as part of the healing process.
Derived from chillies, Capsaicin is known to help reduce substance P from local nerve endings and therefore reduce pain. Nerve cells communicate with one another through neurotransmitters (chemicals that communicate information throughout our brain and body). Substance P is a neurotransmitter that transmits pain signals in the body.
Tissue injury activates nerve endings in the skin called nociceptors, which transmit signals to the brain to inform it of pain. At the same time, neurotransmitters initiate a reflex that causes muscles to contract at the injury site, often to the point of spasm. Heat can activate temperature-sensitive thermoreceptors, which initiate nerve signals to block those from nociceptors.
Heat and Cold are both helpful in healing but they help in very different ways. Cold stops the blood flow to the area temporarily so the swelling and pain can decrease. Heat increases blood flow to the area so healthy blood can get there sooner. The key is when to use either cold, heat, or both.