Moist Heat

Moist heat can aid the healing process by increasing circulation to the affected area and decreasing muscle spasm. Heat is most effective in treating conditions that are chronic in nature – it is not recommended to use heat within the first 48 hours of an injury or if any signs of swelling or inflammation are present. The desired effect from heat is deep penetration to the muscles, providing relaxation and pain relief and promotion of tissue healing through increased blood circulation.