Heat therapy helps aching muscles and injured areas of the body, by increasing blood circulation. They also provide soothing pain relief. We can make two types of heat therapy: dry or moist.
Both heat packs are soothing pain relief for aching muscles, but moist heat packs are less dehydrating for the skin than dry heat packs. Also, moist heat packs may relieve pain faster, because they allow heat to absorb better into the skin.
Benefits of heat packs:
- Increases blood circulation.
- Increases blood flow.
- Make the connective tissue more flexible.
- Reduces joint stiffness.
- Reduces muscle pains.
- Reduce muscle spasms.
- Reduce tissue inflammation.
- Reduce tissue congestion.
- Can be used to treat some painful conditions such arthritis and cancer.
What you need:
- Cloth container (sock or fabric bag).
- 4 cups of filling (flax seeds, oatmeal, rice, buckwheat, wheat, etc.).
- Needle and thread, to secure the bag.
- Dry flowers, potpourri, or essential oils for aroma (optional).
- Fill your cloth container with the filling, you may use a funnel to avoid spills.
- Add the dry flowers of potpourri.
- Secure the filling in the container by sewing all open sides.
- Add 3-4 drops of essential oil of your choice.
- Microwave pack for about 1-3 minutes.
To use it as a dry pack, just heat the pack in the microwave oven and it will be ready. To use it as a moist pack, soak the pack in water, then proceed to microwave it.
Use the heat pack over the affected area of the skin. Apply heat therapy for a maximum of 20 minutes at a time. The best way to apply both heat and cold therapy, is to alternate 15-20 minutes each one, for an hour or two.