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Health Tip: Using Heat Therapy

Health Tip: Using Heat Therapy

10/18/13

(HealthDay News) -- Heat therapy can ease pain and stiffness, muscle tightness and spasms.

The University of Michigan Health System explains the best uses for heat therapy:

  • Use heat to help loosen up stiff muscles and joints and make them more limber.
  • Do not use heat immediately after an injury or if there is swelling. Heat may worsen swelling by increasing blood flow to the area.
  • Apply moist heat, which tends to be more effective than dry heat.
  • Soak a towel in hot water, microwave a damp towel or use a commercial heat pack to provide moist heat. Apply it for about 20 minutes, or as long as your doctor recommends.
  • Soak in a hot tub or whirlpool bath.
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Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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