Heat therapy does the opposite of cold therapy. It brings warmth and blood circulating to the muscles, instead of constricting and chilling the inflammation.
Heat therapy is the use of heat in therapy for pain relief. It can take the form of a hot cloth, hot water bottle, hot stones, ultrasound, heating pad, hydrocollator packs, whirlpool baths, cordless FIR heat therapy wraps, and more. It can be beneficial to those with arthritis, stiff muscles and injuries to the deep layers of muscle fibers. Heat may be an effective self-care treatment for conditions like rheumatoid arthritis.
Heat therapy is most commonly used for rehabilitation purposes. The therapeutic effects of heat include increasing the extensibility of collagen tissues; decreasing joint stiffness; reducing pain; relieving muscle spasms; reducing inflammation and edema; aids in the post acute phase of healing; and increasing blood flow. The increased blood flow to the affected area provides proteins, nutrients, and oxygen for better healing.
Q&A about Lake Michigan Hot Stone Massage with Jenifer
At Urban Massage, Jenifer offers her own creative take on heat therapy in the form of Lake Michigan Hot Stone Massage. We asked Jenifer a few questions in order to give you a better feel of what to expect with this form of heat therapy.
UM : For a hot stone massage, do you receive the same benefits as a therapeutic massage or is it more for relaxation and feeling luxurious?
Jenifer: Well, I like to think of hot stone massage as a luxurious way to get some therapeutic work done. The heat of the warm basalt stones penetrates deeply into the muscles. Often this can improve the therapeutic aspects of massage and can help relieve chronic areas of tension.
UM: What happens during a hot stone massage?
Jenifer: During a hot stone massage at Urban Massage, the therapist will be using the stones primarily as extensions of their hands. The therapist will check with the client regarding any areas of the body needing extra attention and will also check in regarding the temperature of the stones. At times the therapist may use their hands to massage more intricately after the stones have warmed up an area.
UM: Are there any risks with a hot stone massage?
Jenifer: The stones are comfortably warm, but not unpleasantly hot. The stones will be at a temperature that the therapist can comfortably hold in their hands while using them to massage the clients body. The therapist will also check with the client regarding temperature. All of this makes it a very safe treatment. At the same time there are some people for who it is not recommended. It is not recommended if you are pregnant, or if you have uncontrolled diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure or varicose veins.
UM: How can I expect to feel after my massage?
Jenifer: The stones are amazing at relaxing and calming the system. The stones themselves have a very old, deep time, quality that can take a person out a stressful mind state and help them sink deeply into a calm state.
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