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Moist Heat


Moist Heat is very relaxing to the body. It promotes healing through increased circulation.

General Use of Heat

Heat application helps relax tight muscles, and increases blood flow and nutrition to the area, which can help speed healing once the initial inflammation has subsided. It also helps the muscles and tendons respond better to being stretched and exercised. This treatment should feel like gentle warmth, never hot or burning.

Home Application

If you use heat application at home, a treatment time of 20 minutes (no longer) is recommended. Leave the heat off for an hour or so between treatments.

Do not use any kind of heat on a new (within 3 days) injury. Although the heat will probably feel good at the time, it actually slows the healing process and may cause increased aching and pain a few hours after treatment. For the first 2 to 3 days after an injury, ice is a better choice.

Moist Hot Packs

Moist hot packs are a convenient and effective way of treating with heat. Over the course of the 20-minute treatment, it may make you sweat, but it should never feel uncomfortably hot or burning. If it does feel too hot, let Dr. Cady know immediately. At first you will barely feel the warmth, but it will gradually get warmer during the first 10 minutes. Dr. Cady will check on you periodically to make sure you are comfortable.

The advantage of moist heat over dry heat is that moist heat penetrates deeper, so generally moist heat is preferable except for people with arthritis. Call us today at 408-739-2273 to make an appointment.