Non Prescription Method For Pain Relief May 04, 2015 08:07

Moist Heat Therapy

Did you get carried away with the weather being nice? Did you not stretch before attempting your physical challenge? Are we stiff, can’t bend at the waist, experiencing back pain or hip pain? Is the mere fact of moving around not pleasant?

Is the physical discomfort enough for me to contact my doctor? The Nurse Practitioner suggested a prescription for relief or moist heat therapy, cold therapy and rest. I don’t like taking pills; so began the quest for a non prescription method for pain relief. Moist heat for back pain, moist heat wraps, I don’t have a towel caddy or hydroculator, what to do?

Heat has always been used in various forms for therapeutic use. The history of hot packs, sunlight, heated sand, and heated water were initially used as an effective means of therapy for ailments and pain. Early users of heat therapy also obtained heat form hot stones and coals, open fire, and irons. The earliest hot water containers consisted of hollow dried fruits and bladder or skin of animals. The first scientific inquiries into the use of thermotherapy were conducted in the early 19th century


The application of heat relaxes muscles and increases the flow of blood to the treatment area. Enhanced local tissue metabolism and improved blood supply lowers the concentration of pain producing toxic metabolites, this combination offers relief from pain.

How often should hot packs be used?  The application of therapeutic heat should be used when motion is limited by stiffness. Thermotherapy is effective in controlling inflammation in sub-acute or chronic stages, for tissue healing, and to improve range of motion before physical activity and rehabilitation.