Since ages warm water has been a soothing source of comfort for numerous ailments. Treating physical problems with water and heat has come a long way from a simple hot bath to new age heat therapies like sauna, steam bath, whirlpools and sun beds.
Warmth and water provide more than comfort. This combination can be used to treat serious ailments like Arthritis, Sciatica, Respiratory problems and a variety of Skin problems.
Benefits of heat therapy:
Heat therapy is one of the most inexpensive, convenient and economical mode of treatment. It can be as simple as taking a hot bath or a shower. Heat pads and heat wraps allow it to be done anywhere, anytime, even while working, driving or watching TV. Since it is non-drug based and non-pharmaceutical, hence it is an excellent alternative treatment that comes to rescue for sufferers who do not want to take medicines or are allergic to drugs.
Heat therapy acts directly on skin and blood circulation giving relief from aches and pains. It is particularly used for providing relief in back pain, rheumatism, arthritis and a wide variety of conditions related to musculoskeletal system of our body.
Heat treatment is immensely helpful in treating lower back pain. It helps relieve the muscular spasm and muscle stiffness in the lower back and increases flexibility and heals the damaged tissues.
Heat treatment also brings relief to nervous system disorders like Sciatica and many other such conditions that involve the nervous system. Also a lot of respiratory problems such as Asthma and Bronchitis can be treated with heat and radiation therapy.
Heat therapy is an excellent treatment to cure sports injuries. It reduces pain, muscular spasm and muscle stiffness that occurs in a sudden sport or exercise related injury. It is also helpful in successful healing of chronic injuries and pain.
A lot of skin problems are also successfully treated with the help of heat therapy. Treatments that involve sunlight and radiation are particularly helpful in treating skin problems such as acne.
Precautions & safety measures:
Dealing with heat can be dangerous and needs plenty of precautions. Never take a young baby or a very elderly person for a heat therapy. Use the cooler or lower heat options while doing so.
Expectant mothers or females experiencing heavy menstrual flow should also stay away from heat treatment. Also, people already on medications should consult doctor before taking heat therapy.