Shoulder Heat Therapy For Muscle Relaxation, Pain Relief & Rehabilitation
If you have injured your shoulder, the first thing you want is to avoid shoulder heat therapy; initial swelling must be reduced to aid in healing, therefore, use ice or the Heated Shoulder Wrap with ice packs to decrease inflammation for the first 24-48 hours. Following an initial application of ice, shoulder heat therapy can be used. The Shoulder Heat Wrap can then be used by heating the gel packs and this is a nice method to progress through the stages of healing.
Typically, injuries happen unexpectedly and a standard ice pack can be used. For those who have chronic shoulder pain issues, shoulder heat therapy can be beneficial to help with further healing by increasing circulation, relaxing muscles and loosening stiff joints. Heat applied to the shoulder can be used to warm up prior to performing the shoulder pain exercises.
Methods To Apply Shoulder Heat Therapy
The problem with using shoulder heat therapy is that the shoulder joint is so mobile and has a wide range of motion. Due to the complex anatomical structure, most hot packs are difficult to use. Fortunately, there are hot packs and wraps for shoulder heat therapy that are specifically designed to apply heat to the shoulder. They are generally designed similar to shoulder braces, but use the design for heat application.
They should not be used as braces as they are specifically designed for shoulder heat therapy and, for the heated shoulder wrap, ice applications also, but they are great for heat therapy and are not a substitute for specifically designed braces. Braces provide crucial support, while the wraps and hot packs are meant for heat therapy. Both may be needed as part of rehabilitation for shoulder problems.
Methods of applying shoulder heat therapy are varied. You can use a hot water bottle or take a hot shower for moist heat, however, our products use gel packs to provide either hot or cold therapy, microwavable moist heat and infrared heat. These are the forms that are designed to work with anatomically designed wraps for the shoulder in order to get the best possible therapeutic effect.