Heat can be a therapy option when looking to improve body aches and pains. When heat is applied to the skin, it actually reduces the sensation of pain. Thermo-receptors which block your body’s pain transmitters from sending pain signals to your brain are stimulated by heat. An old fashion version of heat therapy was utilizing a heating pad. You would plug it in and apply it to the area of pain. This type of heat therapy is known as a dry heat. When the heating pad is placed on the body it is removing moisture by drying out the skin. It is a better option than not doing anything, but I am here to explain a better alternative to dry heat therapy and that is wet heat.
So why wet heat?
Water transfers heat more quickly than air, and it improves the expansion of the blood capillaries (vessels) to allow more blood flow. The primary objective of heat therapy is to expand the blood capillaries so that blood flow is increased and the area of pain can heal quicker. Moist heat is more effective than dry heat in providing deeper penetration of the tissue at the same temperatures.
Wet heat options
When looking for a superficial heating unit, look for one that says something like “moist heat”. Kneaded Relief does provide a “moist heat” option. Our Sonoma Lavender Wraps pictured here can be heated up in the microwave and then placed on the body. These wraps create sweat which then transfers the heat quicker. They are also equipped with Lavender which is an essential oil that provides a calming presence.