A simple Electric Heating Pad is an excellent pain reliever that is too often overlooked. Heat is usually a very comfortable therapy to receive and it doesn’t have the dangerous side effects of medication.

There are two types of Heat Therapy

1. Dry Heat, which includes saunas, hot water bottles, electric blankets, electric heating pads, and infrared heat lamps or pads. Dry Heat is very easy to apply and helps many people with pain relief.

2. Moist Heat, which includes moist heating-pads, hot baths, whirlpool baths, steamed towels, etc. Moist heat may penetrate deeper than some types of dry heat which is helpful when treating the big thick muscles in the lower back.

Infrared Heat Lamps have been used for many years to relieve muscle spasms and reduce inflammation. It has been helpful in conditions such as back pain, arthritis, bursitis and sinusitis.

What has been getting a lot of attention lately is a special kind of infrared electric heating pad therapy that NASA developed to keep astronauts healthy in space. This Heat Therapy is called Far-Infrared Radiant Heat, or FIR. With FIR the infrared light waves penetrate 6-8 inches into the body to improve health and speed up healing.

There are many ways for Far-Infrared Heat Therapy to be applied, with the easiest for home use being the Infrared Heating Pad.

You can see a picture of the Infrared heating pad I recommend by clicking on this link to Amazon. Infrared Heating Therapy Pad

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If this type of Infrared therapy had been available when I started practice I would have been recommending it years ago.

I feel Infrared therapy is the best heat therapy available for home use today. I just recommended it to my mom a few months ago. She is having great results using Infrared therapy for her chronic low back and knee pain.

If your pain is primarily low back pain, this Portable Infrared Healing Belt is a fabulous product.

Benefits of Heat Therapy

Pain relief without medication

Decreased muscle spasm

Decreased inflammation

Decreased swelling

Improved cardiovascular health

Improved toxic waste removal

Improved lymph flow to the body

Improved oxygen flow to the body

Improved and smoother skin texture

Improved and faster healing of scars

Improved and faster healing from sprains and strains

Improved calorie burning (may help with weight loss)

Improved collagen production (needed for tissue repair)

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When not to use Heat Therapy

Don't use an Electric Heating-Pad for the first three days after an injury. During the first phase of a pulled muscle or sprain or strain, heat could aggravate the condition.

Do not use heat if you have any condition that makes you unable to feel if the heat is too hot.

Do not use heat if you have any skin inflammation, burn, infection, or malignant tumor as heat may increase the risk of spreading these conditions.

Do not use heat if you have Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in deep veins)

With a person who has cognitive impairment (dementia), heat should only be used under direct supervision.

Electric Heating Pads are usually applied for 15-20 minutes at a time.

A great thing about Heat Therapy for back pain, whether you use a dry or moist heating-pad, warm gel-pack, hot bath, or hot wraps, is that it is inexpensive and easy to do.

Even if you buy an infrared electric heating-pad, which costs more than a regular heating pad, it will more than pay for itself because you can use it over and over for years.

To Your Best Health,

Dr. Cliff

Best Treatment for Back Pain

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