Heat therapy, also known as thermotherapy, is a form of treatment that reduces muscle pain. When the muscles in the body are heated, the blood flow, oxygen uptake, and the rate of tissue healing increases. Many people suffer from muscle pain each day, this type of pain can be caused by muscle overuse, muscle cramps, and muscle spasms. Heat therapies are typically divided into two categories, deep heating and superficial.
If heat therapy sounds like it might be the right choice for you, contact a physical therapist in Farmingdale NY. Farmingdale Physical Therapy East offers a wide range of physical therapy services including heat and cold therapies.
Ultrasound – This method uses ultrasound waves to apply heat to deep tissue areas. This treatment can increase blood flow to the applied area.
Heat Packs – Usually heated in a microwave, heat packs are the simplest form of at home heat therapy and are available at a physical therapist in Farmingdale as well as grocery stores.
Infrared Lamps – These lamps can accelerate the natural healing capabilities of muscle tissues.
Wheat Bags – Wheat is able to hold temperatures and release them evenly and gradually. They are a simple and inexpensive way to find relief.
Paraffin Bath – A bath in a liquid mixture of mineral oils and paraffin wax. These baths are especially effective in relieving joint pain.
Give us a call to find out if heat therapy is right for you!