Heat increases tissue elasticity. This outcome is clearly visible on the joint capsules, tendons, muscles and in the structures where there is a strong presence of collagen fibers. It is also known that heat is able to catalyze all of the body’s biochemical reactions and to significantly increase the amount of oxygen and nutrients in the tissues: this leads to a development of metabolism for the treated part. The treatment which uses heat can be employed in various situations, bearing in mind that its use is intended for injuries where the acute phase has ended. The use of heat is beneficial in cases of edema caused by vein or lymph stasis. This type of treatment is also suitable for improving and speeding up the healing of tissues in cases of muscle, tendon and ligament contusions, sprains, bursitis, tears and strains. The application of heat also makes it possible to handle spasms caused by muscle fatigue since it helps, get rid of the lactic acid which collects in the muscle.
• Heat allows the patient to detect a sensation of relaxation
• Heat is very valid in cases of oedema caused by vein or lymph statis
• This type of treatment is also suitable for improving and speeding up healing of tissues
• It is fundamental to apply heat treatment after the 3rd day after the injury or when the acute inflammatory phase has ended.
• Normally the application time should be between 15-20 minutes
• If the intention is to increase the temperature of deep structures (tendons, muscles and ligaments), then the session must be lengthened
• Increase in circulation to help remove debris and waste products
• Increase in cellular metabolism
• Increase in capillary permeability
• Provide an analgesic effect
• Reduce muscle spasms
• Increase in oxygen and nutrients into the area to promote healing
• Increase in extensibility of muscle and connective tissue to help facilitate stretch and elongate tissue
One of the most common injuries treated by heat is muscle spasms in the back area associated with muscular back strains. Because the back muscles have the unique ability to “splint” themselves to protect the injured area, initial treatment needs to focus on reducing the muscle spasms.
Heat has been found to be effective at reducing the pain associated with muscle spasms by providing an analgesic effect and relaxation effect for tight muscles.
Heat therapy is also effective in increasing the range of motion of joints after injury. Once the swelling from the original injury begins to subside, the injured area can be heated.
Because tissue becomes more extensible after it has been warmed up, range of motion exercises can be performed after heating to improve joint motions. The goal is to gradually increase the range of motion of the joint and restore it to pre-injury levels. However, care must be taken to not push a joint through pain as this can actually reinjure the tissue.
Joint injuries that can benefit from superficial heating to increase joint movement after injury include sprained ankles, turf toe, knee sprains, elbow and wrist sprains, and thumb and finger sprains.
Superficial muscle strains can also benefit from superficial heating techniques based on the same principle as above. When muscle tissue is heated, it becomes more extensible and better able to stretch. Heat modalities should be used prior to stretching for 10 – 15 minutes. After heating, a gradual and progressive pain-free stretch can be applied to the area.
• It is a simple non invasive therapeutic recovery method, based on the proven R.I.C.E. principle
• The NON TOX glycolic liquid is contained in a closed circuit
• Clear effect after the first application: superficial and deep heat therapies.
• Possibility of long treatment sessions immediately after the injury to speed up recovery.
• Adjustable temperature according to the patient’s sensitivity
• Anatomical wraps allow to totally treat the part combining the compression function
• Virtually unlimited application time
• Precision and temperature constantly maintained (precision 0,1°C) up to 40°C
• Possibility of applying different temperatures during treatment
• The wraps remain soft and adapt to the part to treat optimising temperature delivery
• Pulsation/Compression – lymphatic drainage effect
• Using in combination with Cryotherapy
• User friendly software on a touch screen panel with a possibility to store all the patient and therapy data