Manhattan Wellness Group
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PAIN MANAGEMENT SPECIALIST
Pain Management . Chiropractic . Acupuncture . Physical Therapy . Massage Therapy
Heat therapy is a treatment used to help relieve pain and muscle stiffness. Heat therapy is commonly used to reduce long-lasting or chronic pain. There are many forms of heat therapy, including moist or dry heat therapy. At Manhattan Wellness Group, massage therapists work alongside certified chiropractic professionals to use heat therapy in conjunction treatments, including cold, exercise, and massage therapy.
Heat therapy causes blood vessels in the treated areas to dilate or open wider. As a result, blood flow to the area is increased. Sore stiff muscles may relax and become more flexible. The increased blood flow may promote healing. Your treatment specialist can provide heat therapy alone or in conjunction with other treatments. You may be provided with a treatment schedule and specific instructions to use at home. A heat pack or heating pad should be covered with a protective barrier, such as a towel and not come in direct contact with your skin. You may repeat heat treatments as instructed by your chiropractor or massage therapist.
The warmth created by superficial heat helps by: o Relaxing your muscles when you are tense o Increase blood flow to your body parts o Helps in healing your body tissues o Preparing your muscles and joints for exercise and stretching
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