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Why I Hate Heating Pads. Throw Them Out!

ankle-and-leg-pain-sq-400 (2)Okay, hate may be a strong word, but let me explain my stance on this and hope you store that electric heating pad in the closet forever. Or toss it! As your chiropractor, I always strive to provide you with the latest information and techniques that can help you manage your pain, reduce inflammation, and promote a speedy recovery. Today, I would like to shed some light on the benefits of using moist heat, not a heating pad, for various conditions, such as pain, inflammation, arthritis, and recovery.

Moist heat therapy involves the application of heat to the affected area using a damp towel, warm compress, hot shower/bath/hot tub or specialized moist heat packs (think microwavable rice things).

This form of therapy offers several advantages over dry heat, such as heating pads. Let’s look at each:

Enhanced Circulation: The application of moist heat encourages blood vessels to dilate, improving circulation to the affected area. Increased blood flow delivers essential nutrients and oxygen to the tissues, while also helping remove metabolic waste products and toxins. This improved circulation can help reduce swelling and inflammation, providing relief and supporting the healing process.

Moisturization and Hydration: Unlike dry heat, which can potentially dehydrate the skin and tissues, moist heat therapy helps retain moisture. This can be beneficial for individuals with arthritis, as it helps maintain joint lubrication and flexibility. The added moisture also prevents excessive drying of the skin, keeping it supple and reducing the risk of skin irritation or burns.

Relaxation and Muscle Spasm Relief: Moist heat has a relaxing effect on the muscles and can help relieve muscle spasms and stiffness. The damp warmth penetrates deeply, promoting muscle relaxation and easing tension. This can be especially valuable for individuals experiencing chronic pain or recovering from injuries, as relaxed muscles facilitate quicker recovery and improved range of motion.

Improved Heat Distribution: Moist heat tends to distribute more evenly across the treatment area compared to a heating pad. This even distribution helps prevent hot spots and reduces the risk of burns. By ensuring a consistent temperature throughout the affected area, moist heat therapy optimizes its therapeutic benefits while minimizing potential risks.

Help for Athletes

This therapy helps athletes relax tight sore muscles, loosen tight joints, increase circulation, and accelerate the healing process. We also offer sports chiropractic to help athletes of all levels optimize their performance.

Auto Accident Recovery

If you were in an auto accident, moist heat therapy can relieve soreness, help heal injuries, and alleviate stiffness. We also recommend coming in for auto accident care, so we address any misalignments before they become bigger issues down the road.

Alleviating Pregnancy-Related Aches

Just as moist heat therapy may help moms get relief from pregnancy-related aches and pains, pregnancy chiropractic can help women be more comfortable throughout pregnancy.

Check With Your Healthcare Provider

Please remember that moist heat therapy may not be suitable for everyone, and it is always important to consult with your healthcare provider, including myself, before incorporating any new treatment into your routine. I am here to address any concerns or questions you may have, and to provide personalized recommendations based on your specific needs.

For more information or to book an appointment for chiropractic care, call our practice today!

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