How can 789tens® Reusable Instant Heat Packs help with pain relief?
The latest statistics show that over 80% of people will injure their backs at least once in their lives. While the majority of people will make a full recovery, the entire healing process can be be slow and painful. People who find themselves unable to recover despite trying everything will have to live their lives with back pain. However one of the most effective treatments for back pain is heat therapy with a 789tens® Reusable Instant Heat Pack. Heat therapy has been used for hundreds of years to treat back pain, stiffness, and inflammation.
Common Causes of Back Pain
There are numerous reasons for back pain primarily since the back is a highly complex structure composed of 33 vertebrae and ligaments, 77 muscles, and a number of joints and discs. If one part is injured the pain can be terrible throughout.
Muscular strain is the most common culprit and mainly causes tears in the muscle fibers. This type of injury happens when force is exerted in either a pull or a twist action.
The other type of pain is mainly caused by a sprained ligament which happens when a ligament is stretched beyond what is natural for it. This often happens along with muscular strain.
A herniated disc is another common cause of back pain and can be a result of regular and repetitive lifting of heavy weights improperly. This causes the nerves along the spine to compress. The pain felt is called sciatica and can also be a result of a herniated disc.
Two other causes of back related pain are known as spinal stenosis as well as osteoporosis, which mainly just affects people over the age of fifty. The narrowing of the spinal canal is one of the biggest results of spinal stenosis. The pain can get worse if a person walks. Osteoporosis is what has been classified as being a progressive disease and causes bone density loss. This ends up affecting the bones along the spinal column and the compression can often fracture the vertebrae.
Another cause of back pain is Fibromyalgia. This can cause intense muscular pain which makes even the most common daily tasks difficult to perform.
How Heat Therapy Provides Relief for Pain Sufferers
Heat therapy starts by dilating the blood vessels which later increases the flow of blood. In most cases back pain is a result of micro tears within the muscle tissues, something which is helped by the increased blood flow. Blood diverted to the affected area brings nutrients, proteins, and oxygen to the area, which in turn speeds up the whole healing process. The application of heat also helps with improved flexibility and works to reduce stiffness and the chances of future injury.
Using Heat Therapy Effectively
Heat therapy is considered safe to utilize for up to 45 minutes. However many experts and doctors agree that the initial fifteen minutes is when it is most effective. Since the muscles on the back are difficult to access, a reusable instant heat pack works best as it molds itself to the area on which it is placed. This makes 789tens® Reusable Instant Heat Packs a great tool for back pain relief.
Uses For 789tens® Reusable Instant Heat Packs
For situations in which heat therapy is recommended for pain relief or recovery, 789tens® Reusable Instant Heat Packs provide convenient and portable alternatives to disposable packs, electric heating pads, and hot water bottles. Since heat may not be an appropriate treatment option in all situations, consulting with a doctor is recommended prior to applying heat to any injury or painful area. 789tens® Reusable Instant Heat Packs are available in various sizes, making them suitable for a wide range of uses. Some uses for these heat packs are:
Relief from muscle aches, pains, and stiffness. Heat helps to relax the muscles and can be a remedy for muscle pain or stiffness when inflammation is not present. Consulting with a doctor about chronic pain is important to ensure that heat application is suitable for your situation.
Alleviating joint pain. Applying heat for a limited amount of time can help alleviate joint pain associated with chronic conditions such as arthritis.
Keeping warm in cold weather. Our Palm size heat packs are great for fitting in hands, while larger sizes can be used on other areas such as the neck and back. We may be spoiled with the warm weather in Hawai'i, though in colder temperatures or on winter vacations, you will be thankful that you brought some heat packs with you!