Using heat therapy is a great way to reduce long-term effects or injury for overworked muscles.
If you have sore muscles and joints, use heat to help increase blood flow, relieve muscle spasms, and increase joint mobility.
Benefits of Heat Therapy
Historically, heat has been a natural remedy used to relieve pain and enhance the recovery process. Heat stimulates your thermoreceptors — receptors that respond to heat and cold — which, in turn, help block the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Thus, a continuous application of heat can significantly reduce your discomfort.
Heat therapy also increases blood flow, which helps to decrease stiffness, relax sore muscles and provide soothing comfort.
Note: Heat should not be used on areas of swelling and bruising. (If swelling occurs, use ice, then apply heat after the swelling goes away.)