Using the heat pad stimulates blood circulation especially on stiff muscles and it also helps to relax tension of muscles.
Thermal/heat therapy is one of physiotherapy's treatment modalities, its main purpose is to provide relief and to treat symptoms of non-acute and/or chronic pain, especially helpful to pains that are related to muscle spasms and tensions.
Heat therapy helps to dilate our blood vessels, causing blood vessels to expand, causing an increase blood flow (circulation) to muscles, skin and surrounding tissues.
Blood carries nutrients which helps with healing and recovery, helping to induce muscle relaxation, relaxing muscle spasms and even decreasing joint stiffness.
Some common conditions where it often is applied
- Stiff joints, muscles and body parts
- Muscle stiffness, tightness or tension such as neck or back tightness
- Neck and back aches and pains
- Rheumatic, arthritic and joint pains
- Chronic pain eg knees, shoulders
Patients and therapists do enjoy using it when they're cold (especially in cold climates or offices) or when they have aching tummy/feet/hands - it does provide some nice relief and warmth (and fuzzy).