Heat therapy is the application of heat to the body for pain relief and health. At Chiro & Sports Med your chiropractorsuse wheat packs. This can be very beneficial, for instance to those with arthritis, stiff muscles and injuries to the deep tissue of the skin. Heat also helps increase blood flow throughout the body. It is also most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes.
The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation, edema, and aids in the post acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing and makes the delivery of an adjustment more comfortable and effective.