Video: HEATING UP: DRY HEAT VS MOIST HEAT

You were told to add heat to your muscles. But what should you use? 

Dry or moist

Use dry heat like heat from heating pad that are bean or rice bags. Dry heat will last longer, less of a mess and warms up quickly.  It also can dehydrate tissue, cause dry skin and doesn’t heat as deep.


On the other hand.

Wet heat can be found in clinics, with steam towels and a hot bath or gel packs. It provides a deeper penetration to the muscles,  offers a greater relief of symptoms, and promotes healing by increased blood flow. But it doesn’t last as long and it takes longer to heat up.


Moist heat will likely be more effective, but if you like dry heat, then stick with dry heat.

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