The weather is cooling off, and this can mean stiff and sore joints and injuries!
Applying heat to injuries, after the acute phase, can be very beneficial in the recovery and in getting you better quicker.
The benefits may include:
- Increased blood flow to the affected area
- Increased flexibility to the area
- Pain relief
- Warming up an area to perform a specific exercise program
- Relax tight muscles and joint structures, thus reducing tension throughout the body.
Injuries that heat can be helpful for include:
- Lower back pain
- Neck pain
- Overuse injuries such as tendonitis
- Muscle strains and tears (after the acute stage)
- Chronic pain
- Arthritic conditions (hip, knee, spine etc.)
It is important to use heat correctly and apply in the appropriate phases of rehabilitation. If you’re unsure of when is best to apply heat make sure you consult your therapist as incorrect application could interfere with your rehabilitation.
For further information on how and when to use heat, book a consultation with one of our experienced therapists at Ormond Physiotherapy.
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