When should I use heat?Back to FAQs
The question ‘when should I use heat’ is commonly encountered in physiotherapy clinical practice.
Heat should be used to speed injury healing once the injury has completed the inflammatory phase. The inflammatory phase normally lasts up to 72 hours following injury or injury aggravation. It is therefore, generally safe to use heat treatment after the initial 72 hour period following injury or injury aggravation. Heat is also an effective way to help reduce muscle tightness or joint stiffness.
How do I use heat?
Apply a heat pack for 10 – 30 minutes at a comfortable warmth to the injured area. This can be repeated 2 – 5 times daily or as required and should ideally be used before exercise. Ensure your heat pack is not hot enough to cause a burn. Wrapping your heat pack in towels can help to reduce the temperature.
Read more about when to use ice or heat.
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