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Time for a warm up. Say goodbye to stiff muscles and aggravating aches - applying heat to the body can help to relieve pain and improve general health. Hot water bottle just not cutting it? Have a read about these professional treatments that can help you to turn up the temperature...
Heat can be applied to the body in a number of different ways and as part of a variety of treatments. During a massage treatment, for example, your therapist may apply a hot towel or compress to your body to help soothe away tension. However, there are also dedicated treatments on offer that use heat as the primary form of therapy, encouraging circulation and leaving you feeling relaxed and pain-free – so that you can get on with enjoying life.
Infra red therapy
Infra red heat lamps have a therapeutic effect that can promote relaxation and help to relieve muscle fatigue. During infra red heat therapy you will be asked to sit in an infra red cabin, where you will be exposed to warmth generated by infra red lamps. These cabins typically also contain soothing aromatherapy oils and calming music to create a deeply relaxing experience. You probably won’t want to leave...
Alternatively, your therapist may apply an infra red heat wrap directly to the problem area (for example your shoulders or back). This ensures that heat is targeted specifically at the root of the problem, increasing circulation to the muscles and easing pain. Clever, eh?
Ultra sound therapy
Many of us associate ultra sound with scans, but these high-energy sound waves can also be used as a form of heat treatment. During ultra sound therapy, heat is generated when tissue absorbs the ultrasonic energy transmitted by a hand held applicator. This localised treatment is particularly helpful in treating tissue that has been traumatised by injury, an accident or illness.
Heat therapy can help with a variety of different conditions, including:
It is recommended that you consult your doctor before undergoing heat therapy if you are pregnant, or if you suffer from a condition that reduces your ability to sweat.
Heat therapy is also known as thermotherapy.
It’s not much fun being dehydrated, so make sure you drink plenty of water before and after your heat treatment.