Health Tip: Using Heat Therapy10/18/13
(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
- Apply moist heat, which tends to be more effective than dry
- 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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