Moist Heat For Back Pain

Moist heat for back pain to relieve stiffness.

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Moist heat for back pain will help one of the main complaints that people have: That  is stiffness. You know the one…Not the sharp pain that comes from a fresh muscle strain or a bulging disc, but the burning, stretching type pain that comes when you bend over to pick something up.

Most of the time this can come from just overworked muscles or a low back muscle injury that is just slow in resolving. You would probably describe it as “nagging”.  Something that is taking it’s time to go away and has no problem reminding you it’s there every chance it gets.

Previous blog posts have pointed out the best treatment for a stiff back is finding a good stretch (just make sure that it’s a muscle and not something more serious) that targets just the right spot. Adding moist heat for back pain gives better results

Moist Heat For Back Pain Helps With Stretching

To get the most out of a stretching for low back pain program, you should invest in a moist heating pad (like this one). I recommend a moist heating pad versus just heat alone because moist heat has been shown to significantly increase blood flow to skin and muscle tissues. This stimulates healing from injuries.

But, more importantly, when you heat up your muscles and surrounding tissues, it actually will improve your ability to stretch your muscles. One of several studies found out that warming your muscles and tendons up prior to stretching them gave better results than just trying to stretch without heat.

The type of heating pad that gives you moist heat for back pain has a particular covering on it. When you turn it on, it just doesn’t get hot. It actually causes the area (not your whole body) to sweat. And, since you body part is covered by the moist heat pad, the moisture doesn’t get a chance to escape. Thereby it holds all the moisture between the skin and the electric moist heating pad.

Moist Heat For Back Pain: Electric Or Microwave?

There are a couple of different types of moist heating pads on the market. There are electric moist heating pads and microwave moist heat pads. I generally recommend the electric kind. The reason for this is that you have a lot more control over the amount of heat and how long it stays on. If you have back pain, the last thing you’ll want to be doing is running back and forth to the microwave oven to heat it up.

When you’re looking for moist heat for back pain from an electric moist heat pad, make sure you get one with an automatic shut off switch (like this one). You can program the time and the unit will automatcally shut off. That way, if you happen to doze off, the moist heat pad will not continue to run.

So, if you’re stretching for low back pain, you may want to get yourself an electric moist heating pad. You can use it prior to beginning your low back pain stretching routine. Find the area that is your most tight. Whether that’s the hammies, the hips, or the low back.

Then follow the instructions for the moist heat pad and apply it to the tight area before you stretch. Studies show that if you apply moist heat to the tight area for 15-20 minutes, you will have better results with your stretching for low back pain.

While any type of gentle exercising tends to help relieve lower back pain that’s brought on by stiff muscles, all exercises are helped by moist heat for back pain.