The Benefits Of Heat Therapy For Back Pain


The Benefits Of Heat Therapy For Back Pain


Back pain

Back pain at work

The overall qualities of warmth and heat have long been associated with comfort and relaxation. Applying heat therapy for back pain goes a step further and can provide both pain relief and healing benefits for many types of back pain. Also, heat therapy for back pain is both inexpensive and easy to do.

Many episodes of lower back pain result from strains and overexertions, creating tension in the muscles and soft tissues around the lower spine. As a consequence, this restricts proper circulation and sends pain signals to the brain. Muscle spasm in the lower back can create sensations that may range from mild discomfort to excruciating lower back pain.


How heat therapy for back pain works?

Heat therapy helps relieve pain from the muscle spasm and related tightness in the lower back through several mechanisms:

  • Heat therapy dilates the blood vessels of the muscles surrounding the lumbar spine. This process increases the flow of oxygen and nutrients to the tissues, helping to heal the damaged tissue.
  • Heat stimulates the sensory receptors in the skin, which means that applying heat to the lower back will decrease transmissions of pain signals to the brain and partially relieve the discomfort.
  • Heat application facilitates stretching the soft tissues around the spine, including muscles, connective tissue, and adhesion. Consequently, with heat therapy, there will be a decrease in stiffness as well as injury, with an increase in flexibility and overall feeling of comfort. Flexibility is critical for a healthy back.

There are several other significant benefits of heat therapy that make it so appealing to many people:

  • Non-invasive and non-pharmaceutical form of back pain relief
  • Easy to do – it can be done at home while relaxing, and also make it an option while at work or in the car.
  • Low cost- compared to most therapies, heat therapy, is quite inexpensive.
  • Can be combined with other treatment, such as physical therapy and exercise.


How to apply heat therapy for back pain?

Applying Heat Therapy for Back Pain

Applying heat therapy pack. Nature Creation’s Spine & Back Pack

The desired effect is for the heat to penetrate down into the muscles. Just increasing the temperature of the skin will do little to decrease discomfort. “Warm” is the proper temperature. The heat source should not be hot to the point of burning the skin!

In many instances, the longer the heat is applied, the better. The duration that one needs to apply the heat, though, is based on the type of magnitude of the injury. For a minor back tension, short amounts of heat therapy may be sufficient (such as 10 to 20 minutes). For more intense injuries, longer sessions of heat may be more beneficial (such as 30 minutes to 1 hours, or more).

Nature Creation offers a variety of natural heat therapy packs for effective back pain relief. Our heating pads designed to fit the contour of the back area providing optimal therapeutic benefits. They can maintain temperature for a long time spreading it evenly throughout the whole pack area and are very easy and very simple to use. An old school therapy custom-made for modern life. Learn more.


*This article is meant for basic informational purposes only. It is not intended to serve as medical advice, substitute for a doctor’s appointment or to be used for diagnosing or treating a disease. Users of this website are advised to consult with their physician before making any decisions concerning their health.


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