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Can I Use Heating Pads After A Workout?
The use of heating pads
after a workout is a topic of hot debate, although most people
recommend it just as long as there is no swelling.
Even if you don’t
feel muscle soreness right away, it may still come over the next several
hours or so.
This is often referred to as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness
(DOMS), and is usually experienced by beginners. Fitness experts can
also experience it too if they are training and push a bit too hard.
Soreness is caused due to small microscopic tears that occur during
exercise. These tears are actually good, since they lead to a stronger
Many experts would recommend using ice rather than heat when it comes
to injuries. However, ice is ideal for acute injuries and heat is
better for chronic soreness that lasts for more than a few days.
- or bruising
you will want to use cold
therapy to help the swelling go down.
If there are no signs of an acute injury, however, you might want to
use a heating pad to help prevent post-workout soreness. Taking a bath
in warm water and Epsom salt after a workout is ideal as well.
Heating packs can also be applied prior to a workout to help prevent
soreness, or minimize the amount of pain you would normally feel later
For best results, you need to know how to use a heating pad correctly. Here are a few tips on how to safely use one:
- If you do use an electric heating pad, start with a low setting.
Maintain the same temperature for the duration of the session. Once you
start getting used to the heating therapy, you can begin slowly
increasing the temperature.
- Never, ever fall asleep with any type of heat pack on. You could end up with a nasty burn.
- Many experts recommend using moist heat in order to avoid drying your skin out, even if dry heat feels better.
- Only use a heating pad for fifteen to twenty minutes at a time, even
if it lasts longer. Take a break from use after ever twenty minutes.
It’s actually okay and can be ideal to use therapy before working out. Only use it after
working out when the swelling has gone down, or there is no swelling.
Trying to heat swelling skin will only increase the inflammation.
is where cold therapy comes in.
Heat therapy is convenient, as it can be done by anyone and for little cost. Reusable electrical heat packs are the most cost-effective, as they can outlast the parts in an electric unit.
Not only does heating therapy help relieve soreness from a workout,
it also makes a workout easier for individuals who suffer from
conditions such as fibromyalgia.
Heat helps to relax tense muscles and
promotes a better range of motion.
As long as you follow safety tips and instructions, you will
find a heat pack to be beneficial for pre-workout and post-workout.
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Patients who sustained injuries to their elbows, forearms, hands, wrists
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Sports and deep tissue release massage helps to increase nutrient-rich blood
flow to tired, tight and tense muscles to accelerate recovery and shorten downtime / recovery period required.
It also prevents
muscles from scar tissue micro-tears (and potential ruptures), and increases muscle
performance. Having regular deep tissue and sports massage will keep your muscles healthy and fit with body/movement-confidence.
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At the first session, our specialist physiotherapists will carry out a thorough
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help you recover as well as provide treatment in the same session.
Follow up sessions are inline to provide
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exercises to reduce your risk of re-injury and giving you a long term
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