Applying warmth to an ailing part of the body has long been known to have a soothing and therapeutic effect. People with slipped disc or arthritis of the spine for example can find therapeutic relief from simply applying heat to the painful area.
Heat therapy for spinal arthritis and slipped disc pain in both the upper and lower back can be administered using heat wraps, hot water bottle, heating pads, rice bag and gel packs. These methods are easy to do and relatively cost effective.
1. Homemade Heat Pack Method
You can make your own heat therapy pack using common items you can find in your kitchen. Be sure that the items you choose are watertight and able to withstand heat for long periods of time. Even with simple homemade hot bag therapy method, you’d be amazed at how the application of heat quickly permeates your muscles and nerves giving you instant relief from pain and discomfort.
2. Rice Bag Method
The rice bag method is a simple way to get instant heat. All you have to do is find an old sock. Fill it with rice and tie the end to avoid spilling the rice. Although you are going to use an old sock, make sure it doesn’t have holes, otherwise it’s going to get very messy when you spill rice all over the place.
Heat the rice bag in the microwave oven for about two minutes. Your object is to simply heat the rice, not to cook it, so it is important to never exceed two minutes when heating the rice bag. After heating in the microwave, the rice bag is ready for use. All you have to do is apply it to your lower back for that soothing, penetrating heat that you so desperately need.
3. Dry Heat Method
The rice bag method is one example of the dry heat method. Other methods belonging to this category include heating pads and electric blankets. Although the dry method is very convenient and effective, it has one minor drawback. It tends to make your skin a little dry. If this isn’t a problem for you, then go ahead and enjoy the soothing warmth of your heat pad or rice bag.
4. Moist Heat Method
As an alternative to the dry method, moist heat therapy includes hot steamy towels, hot or warm bath, or steam heat therapy. All these will work to relieve you of back pains due to arthritis or slipped disc. Due to the fact that water or moisture is involved, a lot of people find this method slightly cumbersome to prepare. However, if you have sensitive skin that gets dry easily, this method is the choice for you.
5. Electric Hot Water Bottle Method
A hot water bottle offers a myriad of benefits and uses. With that in mind, it is important to be able to provide long lasting steady heat to the injured muscle. For this purpose an electric hot water bottle is the best choice as they instantly reach the right temperature. They are also able to maintain this temperature for hours.
Now you can have quick access to heat and warmth, especially on cold nights or when you are ill. The Verseo Electric Hot Water Bottle is for those times when you need a hassle-free heating bottle – an awesome solution for keeping warm and for speeding up sports injury recovery.