Frequently Asked Questions on Heat Therapy/Hot Packs

What does heat therapy do?

Heat therapy dialates the blood vessels in the area where it is applied. This process helps in increasing the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the muscles, helping to heal the damaged tissue.

What is dry heat therapy?

Dry heat therapy includes the use of equipment such as electric heating pads and saunas. It is quite possible that it may draw out moisture from the body and leaving the skin dehydrated. However, some people feel that dry heat is the easiest to apply and feels the best.

Are hot packs safe to use in pregnancy?

Yes, it is not harmful to use hot packs during pregnancy to ease aching body parts unless it raises your core body temprature. And when your core body temperature rises, your risk for miscarriage and some birth defects may also increase. Avoid using these pads directly to the belly.

Are hot packs reusable?

Yes, reusable hot packs are available. There is no limit to how many times they may be used until damaged externally.

Do hot packs work for back pain?

Yes, hot packs helps to relieve lower back pain. It dialates blood vessels and improve circulation to the spine and lumbar region thereby reducing pain.