Moist Heat

Physical therapists often use treatment modalities (methods of treatment) like moist heat and cryotherapy. These modalities, especially when combined with other therapeutic interventions, can significantly enhance the effectiveness of treatment plans.

Moist Heat Therapy: Gentle Warmth for Healing

Physiological Benefits:

  • Improved Blood Flow: Moist heat expands blood vessels, increasing circulation to the affected area, which helps in the healing process.
  • Muscle Relaxation: It is effective in easing muscle spasms and relaxing tight muscles, thus reducing discomfort.
  • Increased Tissue Elasticity: Heat therapy makes tissues more flexible, aiding in exercises that improve range of motion.

Moist heat therapy (hot packs) commonly are made of clay that is encased in canvas and soaked in a hot bath to heat them up. The hot packs are then wrapped in a towel or pad and applied to the affected area.