Dry therapy can be used for muscle strain, minor aches, pains and stiffness. It is called dry therapy because heat is directly applied to a surface area in a dry state. The heat pad maintains a constant level of dry heat as long as it is plugged. The "dry" heat does have an unwanted side effect of drying out the skin. The dry heat can cause dehydration to the affected area. The most common dry heat application is use of electric heating pads.
Moist heat therapy is different from dry heat therapy because of moist heat therapy adds some type of moisture source along with heat. Who could benefit from using a moist heating pad? A moist heating pad is ideal for people suffering from arthritis, back or muscle aches and stiffness, neck pain, sprains, strains and sports injuries. As you can see a heating pad helps to relieve pain in many different parts of the body. So having a heating pad on hand in case of an emergency is a smart purchase.
Heat or cold therapy works by stimulating your body's own healing force. For instance, heat dilates the blood vessels, stimulates blood circulation, and reduces muscle spasms. In addition, heat alters the sensation of pain. You can use either dry heat -- such as heating pads or heat lamps -- or moist heat -- such as warm baths or heated wash cloths. Conversely, cold compresses reduce swelling by constricting blood vessels. While cold packs may be uncomfortable at first, they can numb deep pain.
Hot and cold compression therapy for arthritis.
Many arthritis doctors recommend both heat and cold treatments to help reduce inflammation and ease the pain and stiffness that comes with arthritis. It may take a little "trial and error" to learn which therapy works best for your pain. But by staying with it, you may find the right combination of hot packs and ice packs to get the most relief from pain and make it easier to manage arthritis. If pain persists, be sure to talk with your doctor.
ThermoActive Hot Cold Compression Therapy Elbow Wrap combines the therapeutic benefits of circumferential compression, cryotherapy (cold) and thermotherapy (heat) treatments into one comfortable and easy to use wrap. The wrap's adjustable straps and user-adjustable pump allows for the precision application of pressure to each area of the elbow, releasing stiffness, increasing circulation and reducing pain quickly and effectively. Especially suited to treat lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow), medial epicondylitis (golfer's elbow), olecranon bursitis, tendonitis, cubital tunnel syndrome, radial tunnel syndrome and more, the ThermoActive Hot Cold Compression Therapy Elbow Wrap is ideal for any elbow ailment.
PolyGel ThermoActive Hot Cold Compression Ankle Support is a deluxe ankle compression and therapy wrap designed for application after injury or as a pain relief treatment for stiff and sore ankle joints. The removable gel packs can be placed anywhere on the wrap to direct the heating or cooling effects right to the source of the pain. Ideal for treating ankle and foot sprains, plantar fasciitis, Achilles tendonitis, bursitis, arch pain, heel pain and more combines the benefits of therapeutic compression, cryotherapy and thermotherapy into one deluxe joint wrap.
Elasto-Gel Hot and Cold Packs - Back Care The ElastoGel all purpose pack is used to offer hot or cold therapy to any area where a flat, sheet form will suffice. Elasto-Gel therapy products are made utilizing a tough, flexible high glycerine gel that is covered with a four-way stretch material that allows maximum conformity, hot and cold transfer and comfort. The cover is made of a special material that protects your skin from the trauma of cold or heat.