Thermal therapy and heat therapy as Singapore Physiotherapy approaches
Thermal therapy is one of our physiotherapy's treatment modalities. A
commonly used item is the hot
pack – what it does is that it relieves and treat symptoms of non-acute
and/or chronic pain, especially pains that are related to muscle spasms and
Heat therapy dilates
the blood vessels, allowing the blood vessels to expand, and this increases
the blow flow to the muscles, skin and surrounding tissues. It induces a state
of relaxation to muscles, relaxing spasms and even reduces stiffness of joints
primarily caused by muscle tightness and problems. This is particularly helpful
to continue with therapy, relaxed muscles and joints decreases pain and
increases the joint’s end range of motion as well as muscle contractility for
better contraction and movement.
These hot packs are applied before treatment to relax and loosen the muscles
and joints for effective interventions and therapy, and after physiotherapy sessions
to reduce muscle spasms or tensions post exercise or treatment. With new
advances in therapy technology, you can now purchase microwave-friendly hot
packs for self-management in the comfort of your own home, or office.
Some common conditions where it often is applied:
- Joint stiffness
- Muscle tightness or tension
- Neck aches and back aches and pains
- Rheumatic and joint
- Chronic pain eg knees, shoulders
You can use it over several times a day, with the use of one or more layers
of towels, but you must take note of times where you shouldn't (keep) use it:
people with acute pain, swelling, open wounds, and sensitive/'thin' skin should
not use it without the physiotherapist to supervise the condition or situation.
Don’t use it for more than ten minutes each time though, nonetheless.
I often use heat therapy during rest times between exercises, and it allows
patients to rest and relax enough to continue therapy at continued high
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