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Therapeutic Heat

General Therapeutic effects of Heat:

  • Increases the extensibility (ability to stretch) of collagen fibers
  • Decreases chronic joint stiffness
  • relieves pain
  • relieves muscle spasm
  • Increases blood flow
  • Can assist in removal of edema and waste products from areas of injury
Transmissions of Heat:
  • Conduction: contact with warmed substances such as hot packs, paraffin
  • Radiation: luminous and infrared lamps
  • Conversion: Heat produced as energy from high frequency currents such as ultrasound; penetrates to deeper layers of body
  • Joint contractures to stretch tendons and increase flexibility; Heat and stretch fibers
  • Rheumatoid Arthritis- heat increases the viscosity of the synovial fluid in the joint. Heat and follow with ROM exercises
  • Chronic muscle spasm
  • Any acute inflammation such as bursitis, arthritis, tendonitis, sprains or strains
  • diabetes





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