Heat Therapy

Heat Therapy is used to relax the muscles and increase circulation.  It is often used in patients who have chronic, or long-lasting pain. Heat therapy can involve many kinds of methods, from simple heating pads, wraps, and warm gel packs, to sophisticated techniques, such as therapeutic ultrasound.  The heat helps dilates the blood vessels of the affected muscles, allowing them to relax and begin healing.  It also helps lower discomfort by reducing the amount of pain signals going to the brain.  This therapy also increases the ability of your muscles to easily flex and stretch, thereby decreasing stiffness.