Heat therapy is a type of a thermotherapy where physical therapists physical therapists at Whites Physical Therapy use heat for pain relief and promote the general health of sick patients. Another form of thermotherapy is cryotherapy which involves the use of cold for pain relief.
Both methods of treatment are geared towards altering tissue temperature so that it could achieve the desired biological response. The response should be towards the improvement of symptoms of certain conditions especially physical ones that affect the range of motion.
Physical therapy at Whites Physical Therapy uses different forms to administer heat therapy. Below are the different forms through which thermotherapy is administered:
- Hot cloth
- Hot water bottle
- Heating pad
- Hydrocollator packs
- Whirlpool baths
- Cordless FIR wraps
These are not the only forms for administering thermotherapy but their choice depends on the affected area and what the patient prefers. The mode of treatment facilitates physical therapists in Wilmington, MA to get to the target tissue without running the risk of affecting surrounding tissue.
How it Works
The purpose of the heat is to increase the temperature around the skin or the soft tissue in the affected area. Once the tissue temperature has risen, blood flow increases in that region through a process called vasodilation.
Vasodilation increases the metabolic rate of tissues around the affected regions which in turn increases the rate of oxygen uptake. More oxygen translates to an accelerated tissue healing. So, if a patient has injured muscles preventing mobility, heat helps in accelerating the healing process.
Who Benefits from the Treatment
Anyone stands to benefit from thermotherapy but athletes and sportsmen benefit the most because their injuries heal faster and they can get back to their careers in no time.
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