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Heat Therapy/Superficial Heat
What is Superficial Heat?
Both moist and dry hot packs, warm moist towels, heating pads and water bottles are often used to help raise the temperature of soft tissues directly below the surface of the skin.
How does it work?
Heat applied to the surface of the skin enlarges blood vessels below the surface, relaxing tissues and temporarily relieving painful symptoms. Increasing circulation and relaxing muscles is helpful before or after chiropractic adjustments, therapeutic exercises and other treatments.
When should Superficial Heat be used?
Heat is usually recommended for the relaxation of tissues in spasm and temporary relief of the symptoms associated with chronic pain and muscle tightness.
Why is Superficial Heat used?
Superficial heat is used to calm tissues suffering from long-term hypertonicity, tightness and/or contracture, and is an easy way to increase flexibility, range of motion and promote increased circulation to speed the healing process. It is relatively safe, readily available and easy to use.
• Helps increase circulation
• Relaxes muscle tension
• Reduces joint stiffness
• Prepares tissues for rehabilitation
• Widely available and inexpensive