People have been using gentle heat to soothe away aches and pains for centuries. In recent years, heat therapy has been credited not only with providing temporary relief from the symptoms of muscle and joint stiffness and soreness, but also with promoting and speeding the healing process itself.
How does it work?
The application of heat can be used to help lessen pain, relieve muscle spasms, decrease joint stiffness, increase blood flow and accelerate the inflammatory process with impressive results.
Increased blood flow. When applied locally, heat dilates blood vessels, temporarily increasing blood circulation to the affected area – along with oxygen and nutrients – promoting the healing of musculoskeletal injuries and speeding the removal of toxins from the site.
Relaxation of muscles and tendons. Heat therapy helps to counteract muscle spasm by reducing the tension in muscle trigger points and increasing the ability of the muscle/tendon unit to relax and stretch. It can also reduce painful joint stiffness.
Increased range of motion. Put simply, heat relaxes muscles, easing stiffness and in turn improving joint mobility. Heat therapy also increases the extensibility of connective tissues, helping to extend a joint’s range of motion.
Reduced inflammation. Heat therapy can reduce inflammation – including inflammation in various types of arthritis – and from tissue congestion associated with sub-acute or chronic traumatic conditions of superficial joints and muscles.
Pain relief. Heat stimulates receptors in the skin, interfering with the transmission of pain signals to the brain and partially relieving discomfort. Heat therapy also stimulates production of the body’s own natural painkillers – endorphins.
Why wheat bags?
Microwavable heat packs provide instant temporary pain relief, moulding gently to the body for soothing comfort. Affordable, convenient and effective, our wheat bags harness the age-old power of heat therapy to provide relief from the discomfort of aching joints and muscles, neck, shoulder and back pain, arthritic pain, Fibromyalgia, knee stiffness, sciatica, menstrual cramps and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).
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