The Benefits of Thermotherapy
Heat has analgesic properties. It creates vasodilation of the blood vessels, and affects the mechanisms of pain control as well as blood circulation. The diffusion of heat helps to promote the relaxation of tissues and muscles.
Thermotherapy can therefore be proposed to relieve muscle pain: torticollis, lumbar pain, contractures, tensions. It can also be indicated for the treatment of headaches, menstrual pain, digestive disorders, and relaxation.
Thermotherapy can be used for sportsmen and women as well as in prevention and in recovery. Therotherapy is also part of alternative care techniques used in the treatment of primary tumors, small lesions in the liver, kidneys and bones.
History of Thermotherapy
Thermotherapy is a natural therapeutic approach employing heat. For this purpose, baths or thermal agents placed on different parts of the human body are used.
Used for centuries by our ancestors, heat provides therapeutic benefits at all levels of our body. We know that our physiological state is supported by the central body temperature, it is the first indicator of our health. The external heat brings us a lot of well-being. Heat decreases muscle tension and acts on the mechanism of pain. Therapy by heat, or thermotherapy, allows the blood vessels to be dilated, thus facilitating the transport of oxygen from the blood to the organs, and provides good regenerative capacity of the cellular tissues.
The sweat huts were already known to prehistoric men. The Siberian tribes and the Amerindian tribes of the present United States and Canada who still use sweat huts in which heated stones are rolled in a wood fire, are witnessed. The sick man or the warrior who wanted to purify himself was insulating himself inside.
In our modern society have remained the sauna (Thermotherapy dry) and the hammam (humid).
How does it work ?
Thermotherapy uses heat to cure various ailments and inflammations through the application of agents heated at high temperatures (between 34 and 36 ° without exceeding 58 ° C). The heat diffuses in the body, raises the temperature on the treated area and calms our pain.
The principle of thermotherapy is to activate blood circulation to promote tissue elasticity and regeneration. The cells will be better fed by oxygen and blood nutrients. This therapy effectively relaxes the muscles, which reduces nervous tension.
Specialists use different accessories to apply heat. Gel pockets, compresses, heating belts or patches, infrared lamps or heating pads are the most frequently used.
Treatment with localized hyperthermia is used to reduce muscle contractions and tensions, stimulate the immune system or increase tone by evacuating stress. It also improves digestion by reducing the pain associated with transit ... The results of several clinical studies have revealed that therapy by thermotherapy is very effective in destroying cancerous tumor cells. Natural method, heat therapy has the advantage of preserving organized and healthy cells and preparing the body for chemotherapy treatments. However, this treatment can not be a substitute for medical follow-up.
Effects and indications
- Muscle relaxing effect, by reduction of muscle tone.
- Vasomotor effect, by peripheral vessel vasodilation which promotes local metabolic conditions
- Analgesic effect, by elevation of pain threshold and slowing or blocking of conduction of pain inflow
- Muscle contractions
- Morning ankylosis common with the elderly persons on waking
- Chronic joint pain (arthrosis of the spine and limbs ...)
- Traumatic sequelae (bruises, sprains, fractures ...)
- In rehabilitation, the application of heat in preparation for mobilization is interesting for its relaxing effect on muscles and joints.