The use of heat as a therapeutic strategy is one that has been present in physiotherapy for years. The basic concept is that heat increases blood circulation. This, in turn, guides the body towards faster healing. Heat is clinically proven to improve stiff joints and tight muscles.
Heat therapy is used as a component of a treatment plan, not alone. Other forms of physiotherapy, such as manual therapy, dry needling, electrotherapy, hydrotherapy and exercise rehabilitation are utilised in conjunction with heat. This creates a comprehensive recovery strategy that maximises the body’s ability to mend itself.
Here are some of the key elements of heat therapy. These benefits, alongside the use of other physiotherapy treatments, can help someone recover from accidents and surgery, regain full range of motion and get back to normal daily activities.
The proper application of heat improves flexibility. It does this by loosening tendons and ligaments, fundamental parts of the joints that allow for a full range of motion.
Heat reduces muscle spasms. It can also relieve tension and tightness.
The use of heat can alleviate pain. In many cases, using heat releases endorphins into the body. These chemicals block pain transmission, providing pain relief.